Red Bulls Advance To US Open Cup Final

(Bradley Wright-Phillips celebrating one of his goals – @NewYorkRedBulls)

The Red Bulls rallied with two late goals in the second half and one in the first overtime to defeat FC Cincinnati, 3-2 in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semifinal on Tuesday night at Nippert Stadium.

New York advanced to the Open Cup Final for the first time since 2003. The 3-2 win Tuesday night is ironically is the same scoreline back in 2003 when they defeated D.C. United in the Open Cup Semifinal.

FC Cincinnati jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 31st minute off a hard strike by Corben Bone inside the 18-yard box.

They doubled their lead to 2-0 in the 62nd minute as Austin Berry finished off a corner kick with a strong header to the near post.

The Red Bulls’ super sub Gonazlo Veron, who entered the match in the 59th minute, got the Red Bulls on the board just 16 minutes later to cut the deficit to one, 2-1 in the 75th minute.

This was Veron’s second career Open Cup goal as he tallied a penalty kick goal last season against the Rochester Rhinos, which was the game winner.

Just three minutes later, in the 78th minute, Bradley Wright-Phillips finished off a Tyler Adams’ cross with a heavy header to the near post to level the match, 2-2.

With time expiring in the first half of overtime, Sal Zizzo sent in a cross inside the 18-yard box for Wright-Phillips, who again finished with a header for his second goal of the night to complete the brace for the game winner in the 101st minute.

Wright-Phillips improved his all-competition total to 94 career goals.

BWP has tallied a goal in five consecutive matches in all competitions, which ties his second longest goal scoring streak of his career.

Zizzo, who has two career MLS game-winning assists, recorded his first career U.S Open Cup game-winning assist.

Adams, who tallied his first career MLS assist against NYCFC, recorded his first career Open Cup assist.

It was the second match this season in which the Red Bulls were down 1-0 in the 75th minute and came back to win. The Red Bulls opened the season with a 2-1 win at Atlanta in which Daniel Royer scored the equalizer in the 76th minute and then the Red Bulls got the game winner on an Atlanta own goal.

The Red Bulls snapped FC Cincinnati’s 545 minute scoreless streak, tallying three goals. FC Cincy had gone five consecutive Open Cup matches without allowing a goal.

The Red Bulls, who began the season 1-6 on the road and were outscored 15-4, have gone 5-1 away from Red Bull Arena and have outscored opponents, 14-7.

It was the sixth-straight multi-goal match for the Red Bulls.

The Red Bulls have a quick turnaround, traveling to Oregon for a matchup with Portland on Friday, August 18. Kickoff is set for 10 p.m. ET with coverage on FS1 and New York Red Bulls Radio. The Red Bulls then return to Red Bull Arena to host NYCFC for the final leg of the New York Derby on Friday, August 25. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET with coverage on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and New York Red Bulls Radio in English and Spanish.

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