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3 Thoughts: Red Bulls earn hardfought win in Dallas

The Red Bulls beat FC Dallas to improve to 3-2-5 on the year on a hot afternoon in Texas.

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Luis Robles

We can't stop talking about him, and with good reason. Luis Robles is easily one of the Red Bulls' most important players. He consistently makes big saves to keep the Red Bulls in games and today, he came up with a big penalty stop to help the Red Bulls to all three points.

That penalty save as well-earned, too. Robles has been victimized by five penalties so far this season, but he's often guessed correctly, but just couldn't get his hands to the ball. Today, Robles got his hand to one and it made all the difference: The Red Bulls would go on to score and win the game.

One we'd rather forget

There are going to be games during the season we'd all rather forget and this is one of them. It was hot, making it a 90 minute slog rather than something approximating an attractive soccer game, and there were plenty of fouls to go around.

The important part isn't that this is a game we'll all sooner rather forget than watch highlights or Red Bulls in 60 on MSG. The important part is that the Red Bulls got three points.

Wright-Phillips keeps it up

Shep Messing could hardly fathom Thierry Henry feeding strike partner Bradley Wright-Phillips on the game winning goal, rather than taking it himself.

But Henry clearly has faith in Wright-Phillips (who was in a better scoring position than he was, anyway). And Wright-Phillips is on a tear, with five goals in three games. The Red Bulls have gone through a litany of forwards to pair with the French legend, but it looks like they may have found one in Wright-Phillips.