New York Red Bulls 2
New England Revolution 1
Goals: NY: 47’ Bradley Wright-Phillips, 74’ Daniel Royer; NE: 9’ Lee Nguyen (penalty)
Overview: Following a slow start in which New York conceded a goal from the spot by Nguyen, the Red Bulls slowly began to take control of the match. Despite trailing by a goal at halftime, the boys from Harrison, N.J., were in complete control. Wright-Phillips early second half tally fully shifted momentum and roused the crowd. The three points would be in the bag follow Royer’s tap-in of a Kemar Lawrence square pass in the 74th minute. Lawrence, as head coach Jesse Marsch would note in his postgame press conference, had a strong game and was a presence on offense and defense.
New York Head Coach Jesse Marsch…
“Yeah, I think that’s our best game. And if you go through Kemar, I think Kemar has been if not our best player then one of our best players this year. He started out slow, had a couple personal things he had to fight through with his family. But, my gosh, he’s playing the best he’s ever played. It’s just a series of consecutive games that he takes care of things defensively first, then finds a way to be dangerous in the attack and make some plays. It’s great to see. We’ve all here had such a high belief in Kemar and his personality and his talent, his way of committing to all this. I’m really proud of him. I’m really happy for him. Hopefully, we won’t miss him too much this summer with Jamaica.”
“Winning is always important. Sometimes when you play bad and you win, that’s important too. Tonight I thought we had a pretty good overall complete performance and got three points, so it’s nice when those things go hand in hand because then we feel like we can build off this. Yeah, it’s important for us at this moment in the season.”
New York (6-2-6, 20 pts.) will head north of the border to visit the Montreal Impact. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.