The game in 100 words (or less): D.C. United may be sitting atop the Eastern Conference standings, but New York Red Bulls certainly looked like the team to beat tonight, winning the Atlantic Cup rivalry match 3-0 at Red Bull Arena. The opening 45 minutes was an onslaught of pressure from the home side, and if it wasn’t for the stellar play of Bill Hamid in goal for D.C., New York could have found themselves ahead four or five goals. Bradley Wright-Phillips led the way with two goals for the Red Bulls in a dominant 90 minutes for Jesse Marsch’s men.
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Three moments that mattered
33′ — Lloyd Sam finally gets RBNY on the board — After a half hour of constant pressure from New York, the home side finally got on the scoresheet with Lloyd Sam breaking the deadlock. Kemar Lawrence found Bradley Wright-Phillips at the top of the box, who dished it off to Sam, beating Bill Hamid low to the far post.
42′ — Grella-to-BWP combo strikes yet again — Mike Grella and Bradley Wright-Phillips have been firing on all cylinders as of late, and it was no different tonight at Red Bull Arena. Grella lobbed in a cross to the box where BWP fired a perfect volley into the top corner to double New York’s lead.
64′ — BWP scores again to seal the deal — When the Red Bulls score, there’s a good chance Bradley Wright-Phillips was the man responsible. BWP took a through ball from Sacha Kljestan and walked in on goal, an easy finish for last season’s leading scorer.
Man of the match: Bradley Wright-Phillips — Two goals and an assist tonight as BWP ran circles around the D.C. United defense. With 41 career goals for RBNY, he is now the third-highest scorer in club history, behind Thierry Henry and Juan Pablo Angel.
RBNY: Robles, Lawrence (Zizzo, 83′), Perrinelle, Miazga, Lade, Felipe, McCarty (Veron, 74′), Grella, Kljestan, Sam, B. Wright-Phillips (Davis, 73′)
Goals: Sam (33′), B. Wright-Phillips (42′, 64′)
D.C. United: Hamid, Kemp, Birnbaum, Boswell, Franklin, Pontius (Doyle, 63′), Kitchen, Halsti (Farfan, 60′), DeLeon, Rolfe, Saborio (Arrieta, 76′)