Red Bulls Score Early & Often To Win Playoff In Chicago

(Bradley Wright-Phillips celebrating a goal on Wednesday night – @NewYorkRedBulls)

The old saying was that you voted “early and often” in Chicago.

Well, the Red Bulls took that saying to heart as they scored early and often in their 4-0 rout of the Chicago Fire on the road in the Knockout Round of the MLS Playoffs.

Bradley Wright-Phillips got it started in the seventh minute when he scored off a feed from Damien Perrinelle.

Just four minutes later Tyler Adams swung a pass into the six-yard box for Sacha Kljestan to finish to the near post to make it 2-0 in the 11th minute.

Daniel Royer continued his hot streak with his first career MLS playoff goal, and seventh goal in the last 10 matches he has played this season, and opened up the Red Bulls’ lead to 3-0, in the 70th minute.

After coming on as the first sub for the Red Bulls in the 77th minute, it was Gonzalo Veron chipped in a wonderful goal over Chicago goalkeeper Matt Lampson in the 89th minute to cap off the big night.

The Red Bulls advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals for the eighth-straight season. They improved to 3-0 all-time in knockout round matches.

The Red Bulls’ onslaught of four goals against the Fire was just the second time in franchise history that they tallied four goals in an MLS playoff match.

Wright-Phillips brought his career goal total across all competitions to 99 and his MLS playoff goal tally to eight.

BWP wound up with the game-winning goal against Chicago, and it was his second MLS Cup Playoff Knockout Round game-winner. He  tallied the game-winning goal against Sporting Kansas City on October 30, 2014.

Wright-Phillips continued his streak of goals against Chicago as he scored his third goal in as many games this season against the Fire.

Luis Robles recorded a game-best four saves to earn his fifth career MLS playoff clean sheet.

Kljestan, Royer and Veron all scored their first career MLS playoff goals as Red Bull players. Kljestan tallied his second career MLS playoff goal overall.

Both Red Bull Homegrowns Tyler Adams and Sean Davis recorded their first career MLS playoff assists.

The Red Bulls extended their unbeaten streak to four matches, carrying over three from the MLS regular season. They have won back-to-back road matches and improved their playoff road record to 7-14-7. Overall, New York earned their 16th playoff win and improve to 16-25-9. They improved their playoff mark against Chicago to 2-2 all-time.


The Red Bulls advance to the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Eastern Conference Semifinals, New York will face top-seeded Toronto. Leg One of the Semifinals would be at Red Bull Arena on either Monday, October 30 or Tuesday, October 31, while Leg Two would be in Toronto on Sunday, November 5.

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