The Red Bulls’ keep home team winning streak alive with 2-1 victory over Sounders.
HARRISON, N.J. — Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his 10th goal of the season in the second half and the New York Red Bulls beat the Seattle Sounders 2-1 on Wednesday night.
The home team has won the last five meetings in the series. The Red Bulls’ last home loss against the Sounders came in 2010.
Daniel Royer gave New York (8-4-2) a 1-0 lead in the 37th minute, and Wright-Phillips made it 2-0 in the 52nd. Royer was left open at the far post for an easy finish of Florian Valot’s cross that got past three players.
A well-weighed cross by Ethan Kutler and a clinically headed finish by Wright-Phillips gave the Red Bulls the cushion they needed against the offensively-challenged Sounders.
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It was the first career assist for Kutler.
Harry Shipp scored for Seattle (3-8-2) in the 87th minute on a sliding shot that hit off the far post and went in.
This loss didn’t mirror some of Seattle’s other defeats this season in that the Sounders’ attack had its fair share of chances to find goals in addition to Shipp’s that could have changed the dynamic of the contest.
Will Bruin forced goalkeeper Luis Robles into a great diving save off a well-placed header of his own off a first-half corner kick, while Victor Rodriguez’s missed chance on a breakaway also wound up looming large in the match.
Coming off the cross-country trip, the Sounders now have a 10-day break before their next MLS match.
Seattle returns to MLS play with a matchup against Eastern Conference foe Chicago on Saturday, June 23.
The Sounders then play Cascadia Cup rival Portland at CenturyLink Field on Saturday, June 30.
The Sounders will be represented in the World Cup by Swedish midfielder Gustav Svensson and Panama captain Roman Torres.