Wright-Phillips leads Red Bulls past Dynamo 4-0

BRIAN TRUSDELL Associated Press Published:

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) -- Bradley Wright-Phillips scored twice in the first 24 minutes and added a second-half penalty kick to give the New York Red Bulls their second straight victory, 4-0 over the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday night.

Wright-Phillips, who scored one goal in seven games after joining New York in August, was the first Red Bulls player to record three goals in a match since Thierry Henry in March 2012 against Montreal.

The win earned New York some measure of revenge against Houston, which beat the Red Bulls in Harrison last November to eliminate them from the playoffs.

Henry had the other goal for the Red Bulls, who were winless in their first six games but improved to 10 points and within one of Eastern Conference leaders Sporting KC and the Columbus Crew.

Houston is winless in its last five.

Wright-Phillips missed Tuesday's training session because of a fever, but put New York ahead in the 12th minute. Lloyd Sam and Dax McCarty combined on a series of quick touches to leave Kosuke Kimura alone along the right touchline. Kimura then sent a through ball down the right side into the path of a streaking Henry.

Unmarked, Henry had time and space to turn and send a bounding ball to the top of the six, where an equally unmarked Wright-Phillips easily deflected it past Houston keeper Tally Hall.

His second goal was similar 12 minutes later. Left back Roy Miller slid to win a ball from Houston counterpart Warren Creavalle on the left touchline and advanced unchallenged into the Dynamo penalty area. There, he sent a low bounding cross that Wright-Phillips was able to redirect at the edge of the six to just inside the far post.

Wright-Phillips helped hike the lead in the 65th minute, sending a cross in front of the Houston goal that Hall had to punch out in front. Henry ran onto the free ball and easily converted from the middle of the penalty area.

Wright-Phillips completed his hat trick in the 86th, converting a penalty after Henry was brought down in the area.

Both teams were without significant regulars. New York did not dress injured midfielder Tim Cahill and suspended defender Ibrahim Sekagya, while Houston was without U.S. national team midfielder Brad Davis, who missed his third straight game with an injured ankle, and Kofi Sarkodie, who was ejected against Philadelphia on Saturday.