When the New York Red Bulls find themselves across the pitch from D.C. United, sparks are always guaranteed to fly. In a thrilling encounter where the Red Bulls found themselves repeatedly down a goal, Bradley Wright-Phillips literally willed the Red Bulls to a point by himself, scoring a hat-trick in a 3-3 draw. Since the acquisition of Wayne Rooney, D.C. United have been on a roll being one of the hottest teams in MLS recently. This, despite the fact that they are fighting with the Montreal Impact for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Playing on the road against a rival team in a tough atmosphere, the Red Bulls looked like they never really settled into the game and had to call on star goalkeeper Luis Robles often. If not for the magic of BWP, the Red Bulls would have gifted three points to one of their main rivals in the Eastern Conferences and helped them in their late playoff push.
Just look at these three different finishes from BWP, each incredibly skilled in their own right as he helped the Red Bulls put a hurdle in D.C.’s playoff plans. While the Red Bulls have long secured their playoff spot, this was a blow to their Supporters’ Shield hopes. They are now one point behind Atlanta, who have a game in hand.
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