MLS Cup Playoffs: 4 Thoughts on NY Red Bulls-Sporting KC

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Oct 30, 2014; Harrison, NY, USA; New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) and forward Thierry Henry (14) celebrate their win against the Sporting KC at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls defeated the Sporting KC 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

1. Bradley Wright-Phillips Carries NY Red Bulls (Again)

The New York Red Bulls have been cursed lately in MLS Cup Playoffs. As aforementioned, they haven’t won a playoff game since 2008. In fact, Thursday’s game was their first playoff win at Red Bull Arena. As the clock clicked closer to the 90th minute, it looked like Sporting KC was going to get revenge on New York.

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However, team leader Wright-Phillips had other plans. After missing many easy and clear scoring chances, he came up in the clutch. In the 77th minute, Henry fed the ball to Wright-Phillips inside the box who found the equalizer.

New York kept pressing and pushing and found the game-winner as the clock hit 90. Once again Wright-Phillips was on the end of the play. He showed why he’s arguably the best Red Bulls player this season. It’s clear the Red Bulls wouldn’t have made the playoffs without him and wouldn’t be advancing to face New York without BWP.

Check out the game-winning goal from BWP that sent Red Ball Arena into euphoria knowing their team is moving on to the Eastern Semifinals against DC United.