[23rd-Nov-14] New York 1-2 New England (Easter Conference Final 1st Leg)
Bradley Wright-Phillips scored, gets booked, and will be suspended for the second leg of the MLS Eastern Conference Final 2nd Leg as his New York Red Bulls drop a 2-1 decision at home.
Teal Bunbury scored a wonderful curling strike to help open the game into the frenzy it turned out to be, as a move down the right allowed him to cut the ball back left before curling one into the far corner. Bradley Wright-Phillips then won a scramble in the box to net his 31st of the season before New England hit the bar and Jones missed a sitter of a chance. As the clock wound down, Jones was able to slip in just offsides to tap in a pass sent to him from the right by Bunbury, winning the game 2-1.
New York now are left with some huge questions. Can they re-find their potency without the MLS leading goalscorer? Will Thierry Henry play on turf at Gillette Stadium? They will need a massive performance in order to turn the Conference Final around and head to the West for a chance at the MLS cup.
New England on the other hand continue their impressive record, now standing at 11-1-1, since the signing of Jermaine Jones. He has provided the piece they need deep in the midfield and has play like the best box-to-box player in the MLS since his arrival. Nguyen & Jones should look to dominate the second leg, especially with 2 away goals to their name.