Three 2016 Major League Soccer matches featuring the New York Red Bulls were included in the league’s top-five matches of the season as chosen by editors of MLSSoccer.com.
The Red Bulls blowout of NYCFC on May 21 stunned the Citizens’ supporters at Yankee Stadium. With New York City at the time seeking its first win over its regional rival, the Red Bulls were dominant from the start. Dax McCarty scored twice, Bradley Wright-Phillips scored on a bicycle kick and five different players ultimately found the back of the net.
For NYCFC, the only tidbits of good news was that Frank Lampard and Jack Harrison made their respective season debuts, and the match finally ended.
The Red Bulls September 18 match against Toronto FC at BMO Field was a case of good-news/bad-news for New York. Wright-Phillips’ 19th and 20th goals of the season propelled the Red Bulls to a 3-1 lead. But Jozy Altidore’s brace would bring Toronto back and earn the homeside a much needed point. The draw also continued a troubling trend for New York; blowing late leads.
As the calendar turned to October, the Red Bulls traveled to Philadelphia to meet the Union needing three points to stay ahead of New York City and Toronto. Wright-Phillips had a goal, Sacha Kljestan had a goal and an assist and Dax McCarty would score the game winner in a match widely described as having a “playoff atmosphere.”