Red Bulls Secure East Top Spot With Win Over Union

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For the second consecutive season, New York Red Bulls will be the top seed in the Eastern Conference, securing the spot with a 2-0 road victory over Philadelphia Union on Sunday.

Bradley Wright-Phillips gave New York a 1-0 lead with a goal in the 26th minute. Alex Muyl then sealed the three points for Red Bulls when he found the back of the net in the 57th minute. Luis Robles made five saves to earn the clean sheet.

Wright-Phillips goal, his 24th of season, allowed him to finish one ahead of New York City FC’s David Villa for Major League Soccer’s Golden Boot award.

“We are all really excited for Bradley,” said Jesse Marsch, New York’s head coach. “It’s a huge individual accomplishment, no doubt. He is in a really good way right now and I think our whole group is in a really good way right now. We are looking forward to the possibilities and who our matchup will be to get ready for next weekend.”

But Wright-Phillips has his eyes on a bigger prize.

“Like I was telling the team before, it isn’t everything because I’ve won it before and the team didn’t win the MLS Cup,” he said. “At the end of it all I had was the Golden Boot but the goals didn’t for anything unless you win the MLS Cup.

The Red Bulls, who haven’t lost since July 3, will go into the 2016 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs unbeaten in their last 16 league matches.