MATCH REPORT: New York Red Bulls 1-0 New England

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Bradley Wright-Phillips celebrates his winner with teammate Alex Muyl [Photo: Empire of Soccer]

In a vital match-up in the MLS Eastern Conference on the 28th August 2016, the New York Red Bulls and New England went head to head as New York tried to get closer to the top 2 of the conference and get closer to cross-town rivals NYCFC. The match kicked off at 15:30 local time (19:30 GMT), and as part of the MLS rivalry Week, the match got underway.

New York had their first chance just 4 minutes into the game, when Kemar Lawrence made the New England keeper pull off a great save from a powerful shot, by a cross by Sacha Kljestan

In the 8th minute, New England had a penalty appeal, when Chris Duvall fouled Kamara in the box, but the referee turned down their protests, and in reality, it was pretty soft.

New York continued to get chances, but weren’t taking them, something that is all too familiar to Red Bulls fans this season. New England looked dangerous on the counter so it was vital that the Red Bulls kept a shutout to try to get the three points

In the next 10 minutes, the Red Bulls continued to have most of the ball in the opposition side of field, and Felipe had a cracking free kick saved.

The South Ward continued their support for their team, urging them on as they tried to get cement their position in the play offs as they, once again, attempted to win their first ever MLS Cup.

Just a few minutes before the half time whistle, Sacha Kljestan had a golden opportunity to open the scoring, but the shot was saved by Knightly, but he probably should had put it in back of the net.

Half Time: New York Red Bulls 0-0 New England Revolution

Robles had to make a save from a long shot which took a deflection of Collin. New England started the 2nd half very well, something that worried the home fans at Red Bull Arena.

10 minutes after the restart, the deadlock was broken, after Knightly saved Alex Muyl’s initial shot, the Red Bulls all time MLS goalscorer, Bradley Wright-Phillips was there for the rebound to make it 1-0 New York and take his season tally to 16.

New England had shots but were either saved by Robles or went over the bar, as they didn’t really cause the hosts too many problems.

Omer Damari, the new DP on loan from RB Leipzig, came on for his first MLS appearance for the club.

With less than five minutes left, New York needed to preserve their lead and get the three points.

6 minutes of stoppage time was added, which saw Veron and Robles booked both for unsporting behaviour.

The final whistle was blown. BWP’s goal gave the Red Bulls the win, and after NYCFC lost 2-1 to Orlando, it takes them just a point of their rivals, three points off the top of the Eastern Conference, and just 8 points behind FC Dallas, the leader of the Supporters Shield. Can the Red Bulls make a late run for their third Supporters Shield?

Full Time: New York Red Bulls 1-0 New England Revolution

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