Sunday, September 16, 2018

Red Bulls, Thanks To BWP Hat Trick,Tie Rooney & DC United

Bradley Wright-Phllips and Wayne Rooney. @NewYorkRedBulls.

The Red Bulls, backed by a Bradley Wright-Phillips hat trick, earned a point on the road with a 3-3 draw with DC United 3-3 on Sunday at Audi Field.

The Red Bulls are now 17-5-7, 56 point and are within one point of first-place Atlanta United (17-6-5, 57 points) for the Supporters' Shield and Eastern Conference lead.

D.C. United and New York traded goals in the first half as Paul Arriola tallied the match's first goal for DC in the 25th minute before Wright-Phillips recorded his first equalizer of the match in the 41st.

Early on the in second half, Junior Moreno sent one into the box, and Wayne Rooney flicked it in for the goal-ahead goal in the 64th minute.

Wright-Phillips, off a feed from Michael Amir Murillo, earned his second game-tying goal, and completed his brace in the 76th minute

D.C.regained the lead in the 87th minute when Luciano Acosta danced to the endline and beat Luis Robles to the near post to give them a 3-2 edge.

That lead would be short lived as Wright-Philips, for the third and final time,  brought the Red Bulls even in the 90th minute as Alex Muyl sent a cross in and BWP volleyed in his hat trick to the near post.

BWP became just the second player in league history to record three game-tying goals in a single match

Wright-Phillips' hat trick raised his season total to 19 goals, placing him second in MLS behind Josef Martinez. He also moved into a three-way tie with Stern John and Diego Serna for second-place all-time in hat tricks with his fifth.

For his career, Wright-Phillips moved into eighth place all-time in MLS with 105 league goals.

Red Bulls goalkeeper and Captain Luis Robles made his 200th regular season start for the Red Bulls. His time in net has accrued 18,000 league minutes and also includes 1,650 minutes of MLS playoffs, 990 minutes of Concacaf Champions League and 390 minutes of Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

The Red Bulls  return to Red Bull Arena for back-to-back matches, beginning with Toronto FC on Saturday at 5 p.m., followed by a pivotal match with Atlanta United on Sunday, September 30 at 1 p.m.

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