MLS Talking Points: 'Seven-nil is crazy'

Bradley Wright-Phillips said he expected the NYCFC-Red Bulls game to be a brawl. He didn't think it would be a blowout. Wright-Phillips scored twice to make it 3-0 at the end of the first half, and it only got worse for NYCFC. The Red Bulls added four goals in the second half for a 7-0 win that tied an MLS record for the largest margin of victory in league history.

"You come in expecting a brawl, and it was," said Wright-Phillips, who also assisted on rookie Alex Muyl's first MLS goal, "but we were so clinical that there was nothing that could stop us. We got the goals we deserved today. There have been a lot of games this season where we didn't get the goals we deserved, where we could have scored six. There can be no complaints today, no complaints."

There were goals to go all around as all three Red Bull subs -- Muyl, Gonzalo Veron and Gideon Baah -- scored.

"I can't explain it," added Wright-Phillips. "I'm still trying to think now. seven-nil is crazy, especially with the players they've got. We came in today and showed them nothing but respect, which is why we worked so hard, and today we were just so clinical and everything came off for us."

The game was just the fourth between NYCFC and the Red Bulls, who have won all four games.

"It was always going to be chippy," said Wright-Phillips. "At the beginning of the game, you could feel the nerves."

NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira said his team simply didn't turn up.

"We didn’t play well at all in any aspect of the game," he said. "But on the other side, I told them that I am not throwing away what we have been doing from the beginning of the season."

The loss ended a five-game unbeaten streak and dropped NYCFC to 4-4-5, but it is still only one point off the lead in the Eastern Conference, where only one team, the Philadelphia Union, has a winning record, and it would be in seventh place if it was in the Western Conference.

"We at time play some good football," added Vieira. "We won games, we lost games, and I think today was just about the emotional side of the game that we didn’t control. We were a bit anxious, too nervous, and really didn’t play.”

The Frenchman said the loss was disappointing in every aspect, but he was confident his players could learn from the setback.

"We have to keep our head up," he said. "We had a fantastic crowd today. It’s really difficult for the fans, the players, the families of the players, but we have to manage it. We need to keep our head and manage it."
6 comments about "MLS Talking Points: 'Seven-nil is crazy'".
  1. trebor gt, May 23, 2016 at 9:10 a.m.

    Yes. it is crazy. Crazy fun to watch from this NYRB fan :). All the money, Patrick V, the big bosses back in Manchester pulling the strings, the big names (and one that is on the roster in name only) amount to zero.

  2. beautiful game, May 23, 2016 at 12:29 p.m.

    NYCFC is a horror show...the fans are being cheated.

  3. Right Winger, May 23, 2016 at 1:26 p.m.

    If the people watching that game thought they were watching a soccer game I am the queen of Englad. The most pitiful example of the game I have seen and that is for both teams. If this is what our youth players are watching as an example it is no wonder we have had such poor success in international play.

  4. Ric Fonseca replied, May 23, 2016 at 2:51 p.m.

    Fanfor: I really do not feel that thjis debacle of a game is what embodies soccer, rather it embodies several over-the-hill former Euro greats who've come over to collect their checks and get some freebies to attend Disneyworld or even go to Atlantic city. So to say that this is why "...we have had such a poor success in international play," is/are the reasons, to wit the Carson Galaxy/San Jose game was really not much better, especially when the highly caunted and "skilled" international defenders let their opponent get behind them on a set piece (ck) for the '
    Quakes goal!

  5. Right Winger, May 23, 2016 at 7:47 p.m.

    Ric, you make a good point. However what I see far too much in MLS is the knock down drag me out type of play. In my opinion it is an embarrassment.

  6. R2 Dad, May 24, 2016 at 1:36 a.m.

    Weren't most of those due to lack of defending on set pieces? Did NYCFC recently switch to zonal marking or something? Aside from the poor defending inside the 18, was the rest of the match watchable or did they mail it in? Hard to tell what was going on just from the highlights.

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