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Explosive first half gives Red Bulls win over Toronto


With the playoffs looming and the New York Red Bulls needing all the points they can get, Thierry Henry and company hosted a Toronto FC side that continues to do the same thing they have done since their existence in MLS. 

The opening goal came in the 26th minute with Bradley Wright-Phillips getting his 25th of the season when Henry reclaimed the ball on an attempted clear and found Kosuke Kimura along the near side, a fantastic cross and Wright-Phillips turns the inside of his right boot and deflects the ball inside the net.

But more would come from unexpected players and one of those was Ruben Bover as he had a fantastic preseason but somehow couldn’t get the chance to crack the starting eleven. He finally got a chance to start as MLS gave a quick one game suspension to Peguy Luyindula who earned a yellow card for a foul in the Houston game last week.

Once again it would be Henry who saved the ball from a possible Toronto counter attack and he gets to the end line to create that opportunity. A nice cross that forced Joe Bendik to make a one handed save, but the rebound pin-balled to Bover who slot it home and finally celebrated his first goal in Major League Soccer.

Then the scoring ended with Dax McCarty putting in a fantastic deflection inside the near post in the 44th minute when Sam brings the ball towards the area and finds a streaking Wright-Phillips who you thought would bury the ball for No. 26 makes it into a pass for McCarty who scores.

Even though Toronto FC pulled one back, it was all over as the Red Bulls would earn the three points and now have two games left to cement their playoff position either in the Wild Card game or get to a higher position into the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.

But as you discuss how great the Red Bulls played in this match, the real question is why does Toronto FC who always has great starts can’t finish the season in a great position?

Either it comes from the players on the roster or somehow there is internal turmoil from the front office and the coaching staff.

No one seems to know the real reasons for it, but that’s not the problem of the Red Bulls. Their next problem is the Columbus Crew next weekend as they need to make sure they have some distance from the yellow and black and try to get three points again at home.

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