Bradley Wright-Phillips, who signed a new multi-year contract this week, returns to the stadium where he recorded many of his first offensive outputs when the New York Red Bulls face the Houston Dynamo on Saturday.
Wright-Phillips, the top goal-scorer in MLS the past two seasons, notched his first assist at BBVA Compass Stadium against the host Dynamo in 2013 and then later scored his first MLS goal at the same location.
But he has had a tough go of it early on for the Red Bulls (2-1-1) as opposing teams have been physical in their defense. He has only one goal on five shots on target.
In four matches, teams have committed 54 fouls against the Red Bulls in a tactic that's designed to slow them down and take away any attacking momentum.
"This is not a new tactic of playing the Red Bulls," New York coach Jesse Marsch said. "Don't allow their pressure, foul them when we get on the counter, break up their play when they have the ball, make its hard on their good attacking players.
"We've tried to alert the league ... Oh and, I'm sorry, slow the game down almost obnoxiously. We've tried to make that clear to the league that this is a tactic and that it's not good for the league." >>Read more.....