The New York Red Bulls played a bit of a sloppy and chippy game, but came out on top against the Philadelphia Union 3-1 on the road. The win marks the first time they have defeated the Union this season, exacting revenge for one of their two losses earlier in the season.
The big story of the day was the MLS debut of Shaun Wright-Phillips, when he replaced Lloyd Sam in the 61st minute. He paid immediate dividends. Over the course of the second half, he drew a foul, drew a PK and assisted his brother, Bradley Wright-Phillips, on New York's second goal of the game after some shifty work with the ball. Big Apple Soccer states that even though brothers have appeared 11 times together in MLS history, this is the first time ever that brothers linked up for a goal together.
Here are RB's top performers from Saturday night:
Sacha Kljestan (MID, 12 points): Since returning from a red card received in Week 16, Klejstan has been on fire. In three of those five games, he's scored over 9 fantasy points, gathering two goals and four assists during that time period. He converted on the team's PK to open the scoring in the 66th minute. Then he provided an assist to Anatole Abang in stoppage to seal it for RBNY.
Dax McCarty (MID, 7 points): Dax returned from the All-Star game with a nicely played game. He recorded the double assist on Abang's goal and helped his defenders keep Philly fairly quiet. Since getting his first rest of the season against Columbus, Dax now has three straight games scoring over 7 fantasy points.
Bradley Wright-Phillips (FWD, 7 points): Similar to the two mentioned above, BWP has been in great form the last five games, scoring at least 6 fantasy points in four of them. He's added four goals and two assists over that same time period. Now that he has his brother in the squad, there shouldn't be a question about an increase in chemistry his team is beginning to experience. He scored in the 74th minute after SWP had some nifty moves on the left wing that found him in the middle of the penalty area, waiting for to strike.
The Red Bulls will have another big stretch ahead of them this week with a double. First, they'll travel to the in-form Montreal Impact midweek, then return home for their third and final match of the year against Hudson River rival, New York City FC. Of their final 14 games this regular season, only one will be against a Western Conference foe. They'll need to keep up this pace to catch D.C. United.