Major League Soccer’s busy schedule continues midweek starting with a trio of matches on Wednesday evening.
Kicking off the night’s action is the New York Red Bulls first trip to Audi Field. Chris Armas’ side are coming off back-to-back victories and are facing their Eastern Conference foes for the first time this season. D.C. suffered a 3-1 road loss to Atlanta a week ago and will seek to bounce back in front of their home fans.
Also, the Houston Dynamo welcome the Philadelphia Union to town while the night concludes with the Seattle Sounders traveling to the San Jose Earthquakes.
Here’s a closer look at all of Wednesday’s MLS action:
D.C. United 0, Red Bulls 1 (Final)
Matches between the New York Red Bulls and D.C. United are always special but, even with a new stadium in the mix, Wednesday belonged to Bradley Wright-Phillips.
It didn’t take long for Wright-Phillips to get his 100th MLS goal as the Red Bulls forward scored two minutes in on an assist from Kaku. Wright-Phillips earned a yellow for the ensuing celebration, which saw him take off his jersey to reveal another jersey with 100 on the back.
Wayne Rooney entered the fray in the second half as D.C. pushed for the equalizing goal. The English star mustered one shot that wasn’t on frame as D.C. struggled to create against the Red Bulls defense.
In total, D.C. fired just eight shots, only two of which were on target. Their best chance came from Paul Arriola, who saw a goal waved back for an offside call.
Man of the Match: Wednesday was Wright-Phillips’ day as the forward scored a memorable goal.
Moment of the Match: Midway through the first half, Arriola saw a goal called back for offside on what was D.C. United’s best chance.
Match to Forget: Luciano Acosta was held uncharactheristically quiet as the Red Bulls limited D.C.’s attack.
Dynamo 1, Union 3 (Final)
After losing last time out, the Union bounced back on the road with a 3-1 win over the Dynamo.
The Dynamo scored just 10 minutes into the interconference match with Mauro Manotas giving the the hosts the early lead. However, the Union fired back in the 34th minute with a goal of their own from Alejandro Bedoya, leaving the two teams tied at one apiece at the break.
The game shifted in the 58th minute as Tomas Martinez was sent off with a straight red while pushing for a Dynamo goal. It took 11 minutes for the visitors to take advantage as the Union snatched the lead on a goal from Corey Burke with Borek Dockal providing his second assist of the night.
Deep into stoppage time, the Union added an insurance goal as Fafa Picault buried a shot from the spot following a foul call on Alejandro Fuenmayor.
Man of the Match: With two assists, Dockal was the start of the show as the Union picked up a big road win.
Moment of the Match: The Union went up a man in the 58th minute and Burke made it count with the game-winning finish.
Match to Forget: The red card was certainly soft, but Martinez’s dismissal changed the match in a big way.
Earthquakes 0, Sounders 1 (Final)
Newcomer Raul Ruidiaz scored his first goal with the Sounders and it was all that was needed to close out the Quakes at Avaya Stadium.
The Peruvian opened his MLS account in pretty impressive fashion as the clock struck 61 minutes. He used his head to bring down a pretty hard Cristian Roldan cross, then showed some stellar footwork to smash the ball past Andrew Tarbell.
That just about summed up the chances for both sides as attacking was really at a premium in this match. Although, Clint Dempsey came close to doubling the lead in the dying minutes of the game when he hit the post after catching Tarbell down the pitch as an attacking goalkeeper.
Man of the Match: Ruidiaz scored his first MLS goal and it was just what the Sounders needed to get a big win.
Moment of the Match: Ruidiaz’s goal was the lone moment of brilliance in this match.
Match to Forget: Danny Hoesen had a very poor showing before getting subbed off in the 69th minute.