Shaun Wright-Phillips impresses in New York Red Bulls’ 3-1 debut win over Union

Credit: Jason Schott/ NY Sports Day

Many were asking when newly-acquired Shaun Wright-Phillips would contribute for his side. That answer came on Saturday night in Philadelphia.

The New York Red Bulls midfielder made his first appearance with his new side against the Union, and he made an instant impact. After being substituted on for speedy winger Lloyd Sam after the hour mark, SWP drew a penalty in the 65th minute after being brought down by Philadelphia Union newcomer Tranquillo Barnetta.

29-year old Sacha Kljestan stepped up to take the spot kick, and gave the away side the lead, despite goalkeeper John McCarthy coming close to saving the effort.

The Union found their equalizer in the 73rd minute by way of Sebastian Le Toux. The 31-year old Frenchman was in the right place at the right time, following a great low, driven cross by Cristián Maidana.

The Red Bulls were hungry to regain their lead though, and it only took one minute for the younger Wright-Phillips brother, Bradley, to put the team back in front. It was the development of the goal that has to have fans excited though. SWP displayed his great technical skills in the 74th minute, easing his way past Union defender Raymon Gaddis, before passing it to Bradley Wright-Phillips, who tapped it home.

Even with the lead, the Harrison side gave themselves some comfort room in second half stoppage time when substitute Anatole Abang slotted his effort past McCarthy. The play started with a long run by Kljestan on the Red Bulls counter attack.

The New York Red Bulls will have a quick turn around, travelling to Montreal on Wednesday to face the Impact at Stade Saputo. It will be the first of two meetings between the sides this season.