Few things have come easy for New York Red Bulls this season, but Sunday night’s victory over Orlando City SC could be turning point.
Trailing 1-0 early in the match at Red Bull Arena, goals from Mike Grella and a brace from Bradley Wright-Phillips lead New York to a 3-2 victory.
Orlando took the lead in the third minute with a goal from Cyle Larin. Rafael Ramos connected with Larin, who flicked in the goal to provide the visitors an early lead.
The Red Bulls struck back in the 65th minute when Sacha Kljestan fed Grella at the back post. The forward kept his composure and coolly curled his shot into the far corner of the goal to tie the game.
Four minutes later, New York completed the comeback in the 69th minute. Grella floated a cross to the back post where Wright-Phillips stabbed the ball into the back of the net with his right boot.
The goal was his first of the season and gave the Red Bulls their first lead of the game.
In the 75th minute, the Red Bulls doubled their lead. Sam centered a low-driven cross from the right flank and Wright-Phillips tapped in the eventual game-winner at the top of the six-yard-box to extend the lead, 3-1.
Orlando pulled one back in the 84th minute when Karl Ouimette registered an own goal on a corner kick, but the Red Bulls hung on and earned three-points at home for the second time this season.
With the win, New York improved to 2-6-0 (W-L-T).