Sacha Kljestan and Alex Muyl were named to the MLS Team of the Week for Week 20 after leading the New York Red Bulls to a 4-1 win over local rivals New York City FC.
Dax McCarty and Bradley Wright-Phillips received honorable mention.
Brendan Joseph, SNY.tv
For the first time in what seems like months, the Red Bulls' attack was firing on all cylinders. They pinned NYCFC back and were able to get several clean scoring opportunities. After the dominant performance, multiple players were rightfully recognized by the league.
Sacha Kljestan had a stellar game, scoring one goal and assisting on two more. He's everything a team could want out of an attacking midfielder and is having a career season. The partnership between Kljestan and Bradley Wright-Phillips doesn't have the chemistry of Wright-Phillips and Thierry Henry, but they're starting to find each other more in the attacking third.
Alex Muyl didn't make it onto the scoresheet (although he was arguably denied on an assist on Wright-Phillips' second goal), but had a huge impact on the match. His effort on defense rendered NYCFC's Jack Harrison - who dominated the last match between the two teams - completely ineffectual. As pointed out by MLSSoccer.com's Matt Doyle, "Muyl might be the fittest player in the league, and Jesse Marsch has weaponized him as the vanguard of the Red Bulls' high pressure."
Muyl is having an incredible rookie season. The Red Bulls Academy product has forced his way into the starting lineup, which has resulted in veteran mainstay Lloyd Sam being traded and Designated Player Gonzalo Veron being limited to substitute appearances. If he becomes more productive, then European teams might look into securing his services