July 24, 2016
Red Bulls win Hudson River Derby; KC rout Sounders
NEW YORK RED BULLS 4, NEW YORK CITY FC 1
HARRISON, N.J. -- Bradley Wright-Phillips led the way with two goal as the New York Red Bulls thrashed New York City FC 4-1 in Sunday's Hudson River Derby match at steamy Red Bull Arena.
The Red Bulls won the regular-season series 2-1, and have emerged victorious five times in the six meetings between these two rivals since it began last season. Wright-Phillips has four goals against NYC this season and eight overall.
Midfielder Sacha Kljestan was in the middle of three Red Bulls goals, scoring once on a penalty kick and setting up two others. Ronald Zubar also tallied for the hosts.
Despite the result, City (9-7-6, 33 points) remained atop the Eastern Conference while the Red Bulls (31) jumped from fourth to second place as they evened their record at 9-9-4.
The Red Bulls struck during a 21-minute span to turn this game on its end. Wright-Phillips took a leading pass from Kljestan, split two defenders and deposited the ball past goalkeeper Josh Saunders in the 20th minute.
Zubar doubled the lead in the 23rd minute, heading the ball from nine yards into the lower left corner in the 23rd minute.
The visitors continued to dig themselves a deep hole as center back Frederic Brillant was called for a handball in the 38th minute while battling for the ball with midfielder Alex Muyl. Kljestan drilled the pk into the lower left corner past Saunders for a three-goal bulge in the 41st minute.
Tommy McNamara finally put NYC on the board with a 30-yard golazo in the 43rd minute. he sent another long screamer off the crossbar in the 59th minute, but the Red Bulls had the last word in the form of a brilliant goal from Wright-Phillips, who lured Saunders out of the right side of his net, then cut to the center to deposit the ball into the untended net in the 70th minute.
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SPORTING KANSAS CITY 3, SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC 0
KANSAS CITY, Kan.--Dom Dwyer led the way with a goal and an assist as Sporting Kansas City blanked Seattle Sounders FC 3-0 Sunday at Children's Mercy Park.
The Sounders managed only one shot against the Sporting defense, and it was not on goal. SKC held 72 percent of possession in the first half, and got on the board with a clinical Dwyer header in the 21st minute.
Peterson effectively sealed the win with a 15-yard cross-goal shot in the third minute of first-half stoppage time. Dwyer closed things out in the 79th, intercepting a poor backpass and slotting a low shot past netminder Stefan Frei.
Goalkeeper Tim Melia did not need to make a save, but got a clutch play from defender Jimmy Medranda, who slid in to tackle the ball away from a breaking Clint Dempsey in the 48th minute.
Sporting move from seventh to fourth place in the MLS West at 9-10-4 and 31 points, while Seattle fall to 6-12-2 (20).