Alex Muyl Helps New York Red Bulls Get Road Win Over San Jose Earthquakes
Injuries a Non-Issue for RBNY
Aside from the season-ending injuries that affected RBNY’s roster, Tyler Adams and Daniel Royer did not travel with the team. Adams had to withdraw from the USMNT roster for the upcoming October friendlies with back issues. Royer reportedly is having trouble with his knee. Both exclusions were labeled as precautionary by Red Bull staff.
Strike First, Strike Often
While it took more than 20 minutes for the scoring to begin, Red Bull dominated the attack from the opening whistle. Forward Derrick Eteinne Jr had several chances but could not finish. A quick switch with Muyl proved to be the difference in the 29th minute. San Jose goalkeeper James Marcinkowski could not hold on to the ball, giving Muyl the opportunity to slide with the ball into the net.
Just three minutes later, striker Bradley Wright-Phillips capitalized on a set piece. Although the initial header deflected off the far post, Wright-Phillips took a second shot which did go in. The English striker is the first MLS player to score 20 or more goals in three seasons.
Aaron Long Adds to Lead
Defender Aaron Long increased the lead early in the second half. A corner kick fell to Tim Parker, who flicked the ball behind him. Long headed that ball just under the crossbar. The California native has also earned his second call-up with the USMNT. He is one of six Red Bulls to earn an international call-up during the upcoming break.
Wondolowski Prevents Shutout
Although he did not start the match, San Jose striker Chris Wondolowski was able to be a difference maker from the bench. He was able to get through the defense multiple times in the second half. Then in the waning minutes of the second half, Wondo was able to break through on a set piece to garner the Earthquakes a consolation goal (83′). While San Jose remains at only four wins on the season, they were at least able to take away RBNY’s clean sheet.
Following the international break, New York travels to Philadelphia for a final matchup with the Union for the season. Philadelphia eliminated New York from Open Cup competition earlier this year.