This was the Bradley Wright-Phillips show, without a doubt. The younger brother of Shawn Wright-Phillips showcased his scoring prowess in the 4-0 shutout victory for Mike Petke’s New York Red Bulls over Dominic Kinnear’s Houston Dynamo at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.
Here are six things we learned, followed by player ratings, for the Wednesday night match between the New York Red Bulls and Houston Dynamo.
1. Bradley Wright-Phillips starts things up
In the 12th minute, Kosuke Kimura found a streaking Thierry Henry on the right side, who dished it to Wright-Phillips for his first of the night.
2. More fun from BWP
Just 12 minutes later, in the 24th minute of play, Wright-Phillips finished off a sequence initiated by Henry and Roy Miller to make it 2-0 New York. This time, the action took place on the left side, with a poor clearance attempt from Warren Creavalle. Watch this.
3. New York dominate a number of stat categories at halftime
The Red Bulls were dominant in a number of stat categories in the first half, namely passing accuracy, total passes, duels won, open play crosses, corners and possession. The objective now from New York was to consolidate their advantage in the second half.
New York Red Bulls Houston Dynamo
7 Attempts on Goal 7
4 Shots on Target 3
2 Shots off Target 3
1 Blocked Shots 1
3 Corner Kicks 0
1 Fouls 3
8 Open Play Crosses 7
2 Offsides 0
0 First Yellow Cards 0
0 Second Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
24 Duels Won 19
55% Duels Won % 44%
263 Total Pass 200
80% Passing Accuracy % 73%
56.9% Possession 43.1%
4. Here comes Thierry Henry
And it wouldn’t be a rout without their star DP on showcase. Thierry Henry got on the score sheet in the 65th minute after a shot from Wright-Phillips was initially cleared by Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall.
5. Wright-Phillips gets hat trick
Spaniard Ruben Bover could have opened up his scoring account off the bench, but match referee Jair Marrufo pointed to the spot after Henry was fouled in the box and Bradley Wright-Phillips converted in the 86th minute for his first-ever hat trick as a New York Red Bull. But was it a penalty? Sound off on the comments section!
6. New York lead a number of key match stats
At full time, the Red Bulls won a number of match statistics, including possession, passing accuracy, total passes and open play closses. Although the Dynamo did lead in a number of other categories late, the damage had already been done in the first half and the second half was simply piling it on.
|New York Red Bulls||Houston Dynamo|
|14||Attempts on Goal||20|
|8||Shots on Target||7|
|3||Shots off Target||9|
|19||Open Play Crosses||15|
|0||First Yellow Cards||0|
|0||Second Yellow Cards||0|
|49%||Duels Won %||50%|
|80%||Passing Accuracy %||75%|