Posted by Rick Laughland Posted on 3:49:00 PM with No comments
This was the final game of the 2014 Regular Season as both the New York Red Bulls that won the Supporters Shield and Sporting Kansas City who won the MLS Cup Championship last season ended at the bottom of the playoff end this season, but for Sporting they looked to be losing more than just precious position they were losing bodies.
But the with the Columbus Crew winning their final game of the season to face the New England Revolution, the Red Bulls had to win to host this same side at Red Bull Arena a few days later as they took a 2-0 victory at Sporting Park. At the same time both goals were scored by Bradley Wright-Phillips who tied the league record with 27 Goals.
First goal came in the 15th with the Red Bulls taking the ball back after Jacob Peterson decides to fall down and get the foul, but instead the whistle stayed quiet. Eric Alexander makes a solid pass towards Wright-Phillips and with a little luck the defender misses it and a well taken shot inside the near post for #26.
The second goal from Wright-Phillips came in the second half as he converted his chance in the 70th minute. After chasing a looping ball from Roy Miller, he fights for it with Aurelein Collin and just inside the Kansas City area dribble to the middle of the field and converts a hard low roller for his 27th of the season and ties the League Record with Roy Lassiter & San Jose Earthquakes striker Chris Wondolowski
With twenty minutes of regulation time remaining along with four minutes of stoppage time, Bradley Wright-Phillips couldn’t get that third goal with two to three chances of putting it away. It was a heck of a ride for Wright-Phillips who became the first player in Metro/Red Bulls history to score 20 goals in a season and adding seven more to that record. He will get another chance in 2015, but we shall see what happens during the offseason if there will be some changes.
But for the Red Bulls they will head home to Red Bull Arena and host the Wild Card one and done game against this same Sporting Kansas City side who has done well on the road, but the last time came to Red Bull Arena suffered a 2-1 loss.
Author: Dan Feuerstein