The cross-continent trek in Major League Soccer is never easy, but the trip west to Vancouver proved fruitful for New York Red Bulls.
On Saturday, the Red Bulls made Bradley Wright-Phillips’ 17th goal of the season stand up as they defeated Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 at BC Place. The win stretched New York’s unbeaten streak to 10 and kept the team within striking distance of the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
The game’s lone goal came in the 50th minute when Wright-Phillips caused a turnover inside the Vancouver box and put away what turned out to be the game winner.
“He made that play right out of the half, and obviously a huge goal, and he’s shown that ability this year,” said Jesse Marsch, Red Bulls head coach. “He’s shown that ability how to fight through certain moments, to dig out plays. I thought second half he was fantastic.”
The match also marked the return of Dax McCarty, who saw action for the first time since sustaining a leg injury July 31 against Chicago. He played 75 minute and the start was the 159th of his career, the most in New York franchise history.
“Coming off a fracture in my leg, it was a little bit of rust and a little bit of apprehension going into 50-50 tackles and doing things that I need to do that make me a good player and help the team, but it was just good to be back on the field,” McCarty said. “I haven’t missed many games in my tenure here and obviously coming back in this environment on the road is never easy, but the guys had my back.”