Red Bulls Squeak A Win Past Sporting KC

New York Red Bulls 3, Sporting Kansas City 2
MLS Regular Season Match 18
Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 7 p.m. ET
Red Bull Arena | Harrison, N.J.

Scoring Summary:
NY - Bradley Wright-Phillips 12 (Kaku) 4'
SKC - Johnny Russell 7 (Zusi, Lindsey) 8'
SKC - Roger Espinoza 1 (Zusi) 51'
NY - Marc Rzatkowski 1 (Adams) 72'
NY - Marc Rzatkowski 2 (Davis) 78'

Misconduct Summary:
SKC - Yohan Croizet (caution, unsporting behavior) 17'
NY - Alex Muyl (Caution, unsporting behavior) 32'

New York Red Bulls: Luis Robles ©; Connor Lade (Michael Amir Murillo, 71'), Tim Parker, Aaron Long, Kemar Lawrence, Sean Davis, Tyler Adams, Kaku (Marc Rzatkowski, 60'), Alex Muyl (Derrick Etienne, Jr., 59'), Daniel Royer, Bradley Wright-Phillips


Sporting Kansas City: Tim Melia; Graham Zusi, Jaylin Lindsey, Emiliano Amor, Graham Smith, Roger Espinoza ©, Yohan Croizet (Felipe Gutierrez, 78'), Ilie Sanchez, Johnny Russell, Gerso Fernandes (Kharlton Belmar, 60'), Daniel Salloi


Referee: Kevin Stott
Assistant Referees: Brian Poeschel, TJ Zablocki
4th Official: Victor Rivas
VAR: Matt Franz

Attendance: 16,793

Marc Rzatkowski's first career MLS brace lifted the New York Red Bulls (11-5-2, 35 pts) past Sporting Kansas City (9-5-6, 33 pts), 3-2, on Saturday night at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls are 4-0-1 after a loss in 2018.

Head coach Chris Armas recorded his first career win as the Red Bulls manager after taking over the position on July 6.
Kaku helped generate New York's early lead as he fed Bradley Wright-Phillips perfectly in the box. Wright-Phillips took two touches and sent a chip over the diving Tim Melia in the fourth minute.

Moments later, Sporting Kansas City's Johnny Russell responded with his seventh of the season for the early equalizer in the eighth minute.

SKC's Roger Espinoza gives his side an early second-half lead as he rocketed a shot from 25-yards out and beat Luis Robles underneath the crossbar in the 51st minute.

Following his entrance off the bench in the 60th minute, Rzatkowski tallied back-to-back goals in a six-minute span (72' - 78') to lead the Red Bulls late in the second half.

Rzatkowski tallied his first and second career league goal. He is the third Red Bulls player to tally a brace in 2018 (Wright-Phillips 2x, Rivas).

Rzatkowski became the 12th different Red Bulls player to tally at least one league goal this season, surpassing last year's total of 11.

Wright-Phillips inched closer to 100 league goals as he tallied his 98th career MLS goal. He also raised his career all competitions goals to 116.

Tyler Adams, Sean Davis and Kaku each tallied an assist.

Kaku remained atop the league in assists as he raised his season total to 11.

Davis moved closer to Kaku's team-lead and league-lead in assists as he sits with seven assists.

New York remained as one of just five teams left in MLS without back-to-back losses this season.

The Red Bulls tallied their first MLS regular-season win over Sporting Kansas City since 2014.

New York has taken 12 of 15 points against the league's top teams and have outscored their opponents, 13-4.

New York has tallied at least three goals in four of the five matches following a loss.

The Red Bulls are now 47-39-22 all-time in the month of July. New York has scored 177 goals while allowing 163 during the seventh month of the year.

New York has captured 23 of the possible 27 points at Red Bull Arena and have outscored their opponents, 23-6.

The Red Bulls continued their success against Western Conference opponents, improving to 7-1-0.

New York continues their four of five matches at Red Bull Arena with the New England Revolution on Saturday, July 21. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. with coverage on MSG, MSG Go and New York Red Bulls Radio in English and Spanish on TuneIn.