The game in 100 words (or less): The New York Red Bulls, despite a rash of injuries that left them extremely light in central midfield and the center of defense, have reached second place in the Eastern Conference (for the time being) with a 3-1 victory over the Montreal Impact, with many thanks to Bradley Wright-Phillips’ brace, as well as a goal and two assists from Sean Davis, a backup midfielder thrust into action in recent weeks. The two-goal outing pushed Wright-Phillips past Juan Pablo Angel to become the Red Bulls’ all-time leading goalscorer in MLS play (59). By the game’s final whistle, the Red Bulls had lost another defender, Aurelien Collin, the fourth in a month, to injury. The victory puts the Red Bulls level with Toronto FC on 36 points, ahead on goal differential, having played two more games than TFC. New York City FC, who currently lead the East by a single point, are in action against Columbus Crew SC on Saturday. The Impact remain stuck on 33 points, where the Red Bulls also began the night.
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Three Four moments that mattered
21′ — Piatti finishes a slick counter with ease — Matteo Mancosu did most of the hard part, but Piatti still had to slot the ball home to make it 1-0.
22′ — Kljestan feeds BWP for 1-1 — Perhaps no one in MLS reads the game better than Sacha Kljestan. He sees everything, and can make every pass. Basket and the foul for BWP.
41′ — BWP’s glancing header makes it 2-1 — Right place, right time for BWP, and one heck of a header to give the Red Bulls the lead.
46′ — Grella flashes some skill to set up 3-1 — If you don’t watch the Red Bulls every week, I can assure you Mike Grella does this every week.
Man of the match: Sean Davis
Goalscorers: Piatti (21′), Wright-Phillips (22′, 41′), Davis (46′)