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."