Posted by Rick Laughland Posted on 1:48:00 PM with No comments
This was a game that the Red Bulls needed to continue their fantastic unbeaten run to keep their playoff hopes alive and with the Seattle Sounders coming up the NJ Turnpike from winning their fourth US Open Cup Championship and with a few changes, this was still a dangerous team to face.
But this was also a game where Bradley Wright-Phillips was a game time decision to start for Mike Petke coming off the Hamstring tightness in his right leg and when the signal was given it was the BWP show.
30 seconds in Wright-Phillips combined with Ambroise Oyongo on the first goal of the game as a nice ball was sent from Lloyd Sam and a quick pass to Oyongo who took his shot, Stefan Frei does make a save but gives up a rebound and it was ripped top shelf. The Red Bulls took the one goal lead into halftime and they knew that wasn’t enough to win the game.
So Wright-Phillips got two more chances to make sure the Red Bulls kept the lead and did so in the 54th minute when Lloyd Sam was tackled down inside the Seattle area and a penalty was awarded. Frei dives to his right and get a touch on the ball, but not enough as BWP earned his second on the night.
Two minutes later it was a pure highlight goal when Roy Miller is attacking down the left flank and makes a great cross that bounced at Wright-Phillips and he goes top shelf for his third hat trick of the season and more importantly converted goals number 22, 23 & 24 on the season.
Even though Clint Dempsey pulled one back and Tim Cahill scored his second of the season that deflected off the inside of the near post, this night was for Bradley Wright-Phillips who didn’t want to talk about the record, because the club hasn’t qualified for the playoffs just yet.
“I know Seattle is a dangerous team.” Said Wright-Phillips, “I was thinking more just keep a clean sheet, I wasn’t expecting a hat-trick but that’s how football goes.”
But the Sounders just winning their fourth US Open Cup championship within three days you figured there were going to be some changes to the starting eleven by Sigi Schmid & Head Coach Mike Petke prepared his team no matter who was starting for the opposition.
“We prepared for a lineup this week and obviously it was a little different when they gave the paper, but you look at their front line tonight to start. Between Chad Barrett and Kenny cooper they have a lot of goals in this league, you know they’re experienced players and it could have gone either way.”
Now a trip to El Salvador to face CD F.A.S. in the CONCACAF Champions League and a direct flight to Los Angeles next week to face Landon Donovan one more time and the Galaxy.