The former Manchester City and Chelsea winger bagged the opening goal only three minutes into the match in impressive fashion, putting away a bicycle kick off an Anatole Abang header to give the hosts an early lead.
Homegrown midfielder Dan Metzger later doubled the MLS outfit’s advantage eight minutes after the break when he received a pass from Brandon Allen on the edge of the box and curled a fierce shot into the back of the net.
Club America went on to dominate possession over the rest of the game, creating several scoring chances during the closing stages, but the CONCACAF champions couldn’t find a way past Red Bulls reserve goalkeeper Kyle Reynish.
Jesse March’s side had lost three of their previous four games going into the clash, picking up just one point in the league and getting knocked out of the US Open Cup by the Philadelphia Union, but they will now be hoping to take some confidence from the result into Sunday’s home match against reigning MLS Cup champions the Portland Timbers.
“I think it will be a catalyst but from a point of view, we’ve had a tricky spell,” Wright-Phillips told MLSSoccer.com after the win. “But that’s football, you go through them in the season. The main thing is that you bounce back from it.
“We have another important game on Sunday, the main thing for tonight is we had a lot of USL products…they’ve come through and looked fantastic and didn’t look out of place.”
Wright-Phillips, 34, has endured a frustrating spell with the Red Bulls since joining his younger brother Bradley at the club last summer, making only two starts in 17 league appearances for the Supporters’ Shield holders while recording one goal and an assist.
The ex-England international, who previously spent four years at Queens Park Rangers, was even loaned out to the team’s USL-based reserve side early last month in order to get some much-needed minutes under his belt and then picked up a hamstring injury a week later in the first half of the 1-0 US Open Cup win over the Rochester Rhinos.
He only played 33 minutes against Club America as a result, but the several flashes of class he showed during his brief run-out suggest that he could yet have something to offer Marsch’s men over the second half of the season if he can keep away from the treatment table.
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