Bradley Wright-Phillips scored a goal and set up another as the New York Red Bulls defeated D.C. United 2-0 on Sunday in a home opener that was marked by disgruntled fans chanting support for former coach Mike Petke who was fired after last season.
Peguy Luyindula scored his second playoff goal in as many games and the New York Red Bulls advanced to the Eastern Conference finals despite a 2-1 loss to D.C. United on Saturday.
New York can advance to the Eastern Conference finals with a win, draw or one-goal loss after a 2-0 home victory in the first leg of this series Sunday.
Bradley Wright-Phillips and Peguy Luyindula scored for the Red Bulls with Thierry Henry setting up both goals.
Major League Soccer and its players’ union are partnering in an anti-discrimination campaign, a move less than a month after Robbie Rogers signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy and became the first openly-gay male athlete to play in a major U.S. professional league.
It was a wild finish to a game mostly dominated by the Red Bulls, who were repeatedly thwarted by goalie Bill Hamid.
With starters Rafa Marquez and Tim Cahill nursing calf injuries, Red Bulls coach Hans Backe wasn’t keen on playing a game with snow covering the field.
Defender Brandon Barklage knocked in the first two goals of his MLS career Sunday night, leading the New York Red Bulls into a first-place tie with D.C. United.
United moved past New York into second place in the Eastern Conference, nine points behind first-place Kansas City.
De Rosario, playing against his former team for the first time since being traded on June 27, scored in the 61st minute to lift D.C. United to a 1-0 win over the New York Red Bulls