Five minutes into its home opener, the New York Red Bulls found themselves trailing by a goal to the San Jose Earthquakes and that deficit would remain through halftime.
But the second 45 was a different story for the defending Supporter’s Shield winners. A brace from Alex Muyl would turn the match around as New York would top the San Jose 4-1 in front of 15,621 at Red Bull Arena.
Muyl did not start the match but came on as a substitute for Florian Valot who left the match late in the first half with an injury. Upon entering the match, Wright-Phillips had a word with Muyl.
“I had a little word with Alex just telling him how much character that shows,” Wright-Phillips told NewYorkRedBulls.com. “Getting left out when he wants to help the team win, and to come back and score two, and to help us get that win is a credit to him.”
The Earthquakes Cristian Espinoza would give the visitors the lead in the 5th minute. The Red Bulls throughout the first 45 were unable to solve San Jose keeper Daniel Vega.
New York would draw level in the 51st minute as Muyl would get on the end of a pass from Danny Royer. Muyl second of the match would come 20 minutes later, which gave the Red Bulls their first lead of the game. Insurance goals would come from Bradley Wright-Phillips in the 85th minute and Royer four minutes later.
Next up for the Red Bulls is a home match against Orlando City SC on Saturday, March 23. Game time at Red Bull Arena is 7:30 p.m.