New York Red Bulls 3, Sporting Kansas City 2
MLS Regular Season Match 18
Saturday, July 14, 2018 – 7 p.m. ET
Red Bull Arena | Harrison, N.J.
NY – Bradley Wright-Phillips 12 (Kaku) 4’
SKC – Johnny Russell 7 (Zusi, Lindsey) 8’
SKC – Roger Espinoza 1 (Zusi) 51’
NY – Marc Rzatkowski 1 (Adams) 72’
NY – Marc Rzatkowski 2 (Davis) 78’
SKC – Yohan Croizet (caution, unsporting behavior) 17’
NY – Alex Muyl (Caution, unsporting behavior) 32’
New York Red Bulls: Luis Robles ©; Connor Lade (Michael Amir Murillo, 71’), Tim Parker, Aaron Long, Kemar Lawrence, Sean Davis, Tyler Adams, Kaku (Marc Rzatkowski, 60’), Alex Muyl (Derrick Etienne, Jr., 59’), Daniel Royer, Bradley Wright-Phillips
TOTAL SHOTS: 17; SHOTS ON GOAL: 6; FOULS: 7; OFFSIDE: 2; CORNER KICKS: 9; SAVES: 2
Sporting Kansas City: Tim Melia; Graham Zusi, Jaylin Lindsey, Emiliano Amor, Graham Smith, Roger Espinoza ©, Yohan Croizet (Felipe Gutierrez, 78’), Ilie Sanchez, Johnny Russell, Gerso Fernandes (Kharlton Belmar, 60’), Daniel Salloi
TOTAL SHOTS: 12; SHOTS ON GOAL: 4; FOULS: 14; OFFSIDE: 1; CORNER KICKS: 1; SAVES: 3
Referee: Kevin Stott
Assistant Referees: Brian Poeschel, TJ Zablocki
4th Official: Victor Rivas
VAR: Matt Franz
- Marc Rzatkowski’s first career MLS brace lifted the New York Red Bulls (11-5-2, 35 pts) past Sporting Kansas City (9-5-6, 33 pts), 3-2, on Saturday night at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls are 4-0-1 after a loss in 2018.
- Head coach Chris Armas recorded his first career win as the Red Bulls manager after taking over the position on July 6.
- New York has tallied at least three goals in four of the five matches following a loss.
- Kaku helped generate New York’s early lead as he fed Bradley Wright-Phillips perfectly in the box. Wright-Phillips took two touches and sent a chip over the diving Tim Melia in the fourth minute.
- Moments later, Sporting Kansas City’s Johnny Russell responded with his seventh of the season for the early equalizer in the eighth minute.
- SKC’s Roger Espinoza gives his side an early second-half lead as he rocketed a shot from 25-yards out and beat Luis Robles underneath the crossbar in the 51st minute.
- Following his entrance off the bench in the 60th minute, Rzatkowski tallied back-to-back goals in a six-minute span (72’ – 78’) to lead the Red Bulls late in the second half.
- Rzatkowski tallied his first and second career league goal. He is the third Red Bulls player to tally a brace in 2018 (Wright-Phillips 2x, Rivas).
- Rzatkowski became the 12th different Red Bulls player to tally at least one league goal this season, surpassing last year’s total of 11.
- Wright-Phillips inched closer to 100 league goals as he tallied his 98th career MLS goal. He also raised his career all competitions goals to 116.
- Tyler Adams, Sean Davis and Kaku each tallied an assist.
- Kaku remained atop the league in assists as he raised his season total to 11.
- Davis moved closer to Kaku’s team-lead and league-lead in assists as he sits with seven assists.
- New York remained as one of just five teams left in MLS without back-to-back losses this season.
- The Red Bulls tallied their first MLS regular-season win over Sporting Kansas City since 2014.
- New York has taken 12 of 15 points against the league’s top teams and have outscored their opponents, 13-4
- The Red Bulls are now 47-39-22 all-time in the month of July. New York has scored 177 goals while allowing 163 during the seventh month of the year.
- New York has captured 23 of the possible 27 points at Red Bull Arena and have outscored their opponents, 23-6.
- The Red Bulls continued their success against Western Conference opponents, improving to 7-1-0.
- New York continues their four of five matches at Red Bull Arena with the New England Revolution on Saturday, July 21. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. with coverage on MSG, MSG Go and New York Red Bulls Radio in English and Spanish on TuneIn.