Sunday afternoon saw the New York Red Bulls battle back from three deficits, due to the heroics of Bradley Wright-Phillips who scored three goals on the day, to come away with a point against D.C. United at Audi Field.
New York’s defense conceded three goals for the second straight match, and even though the team was able to leave D.C. with a tie, Bradley Wright-Phillips believes it’s a bit disappointing not coming away with the win.
“I feel a little bit disappointed,” Wright-Phillips said. “I don’t feel we really looked like ourselves defensively. It is obviously good to score but we were always coming back, it was always we had to score to get back into the game. We are fighting too hard to get these wins the last two games and I don’t really like the feeling of that. We came away with a point but it doesn’t really feel good right now to me.”
Captain Luis Robles spoke with the media postgame, and mentioned how defensively the team has to improve, having allowed six goals in their last two matches, especially with the season winding down in order to go into the playoff with good momentum.
“Defensively we have done so well all year and you look at the last two games we have conceded six,” Robles said. “From our vantage point at least defensively, there is room for improvement. We have to get that right because we are going into the final stretch. Five games left, a lot to play for, top two seed and Supporters’ Shield, but more than anything just confidence going into the playoffs that we can shut it down. Today just was not our best play defensively.”
Even though both Wright-Phillips and Robles came away disappointed with the draw, Head Coach Chris Armas took a positive approach, being that his club showed resiliency, battling back from behind on multiple occasions, and coming away with points.
“I think it says a lot about our group,” Armas said. “We’ve caught them a few times where they’re hot and they’re in their building to get a win and a tie. You would take those four points beforehand and we feel disappointed. When you score three on the road, you want a little more, but it says a lot about the character to go down on the road, to come back in the way that we did.”
With the long lay-off, after not having played for 14 days, Armas was also impressed with the effort and fight that was shown against tough opponent, on the road, against a team playing with urgency.
“The energy’s been great, the spirit’s been high,” Armas said. “And we know we’re going to play against a good opponent. There’s urgency on their side and there’s urgency on our side. There’s a lot of belief in that locker room. We don’t always want to play from behind but we have. The team fights.”