It didn't take long for Red Bulls newcomer Bradley Wright-Phillips to get settled in with his new club, as he contributed the lone New York goal Monday evening in the club's 1-1 reserve league draw against FC Dallas.
After a scoreless first half that saw a fair share of chances on both sides of the pitch, including an Andre Akpan shot that rang off the post in the 15th minute, FC Dallas midfielder Danny Garcia buried the first of the match off assists from Ramon Nunez and Kellyn Acosta to give his side the 1-0 advantage.
Desperate to level the score, New York mustered up an attack in the 86th minute that amounted to a goal from Wright-Phillips, courtesy of an assist from Academy player Arun Basuljevic. The score would remain unchanged over the final minutes, as both teams left the pitch with one point apiece.
Red Bulls goalkeeper Ryan Meara earned the start in net, going the full 90 and nearly earning an assist when his long ball in the 57th minute found the foot of Ruben Bover, who charged in on net. Unfortunately for Bover, Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz came off the line, played the angle well, and stopped what would have been a sure goal. On the defensive side, Meara also tallied a handful of saves, including two in the final minutes of stoppage time in the face of FC Dallas' offensive assault.
Danny Garcia (Acosta, Nunez) 69
Bradley Wright-Phillips(Bosuljevic) 86
FC Dallas Reserves – Chris Seitz, Troy Reeves* (Eric Hassli 62), London Woodberry, Diogo De Almeida+, Wilfred Williams*, Victor Ulloa, Marco Carrizales* (Kellyn Acosta 23), Diego De La Tejera* (Ramon Nunez 59), Danny Garcia, Jonathan Top, Bradlee Baladez (Je-Vaughn Watson 71)
Substitutes not used: Kyle Zobeck
New York Red Bulls Reserves – Ryan Meara, Kosuke Kimura, Kevin Politz*, Ibrahim Sekagya, Anthony Viteri, Lloyd Sam (Arun Basuljevic 59), Michael Bustamante (Henry Martin 75), Ruben Bover, Marius Obekop, Bradley Wright-Phillips, Andre Akpan.
Substitutes not used: Kevin Hartman, Steven Echevarria.
NYRB– Anthony Viteri (Caution 56’)
Referee: Leszek Stalmach
Referee Assistants: Jeffrey Greeson, John DeArmond
Fourth Official: Eli Aguilar
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