Andrea Pirlo's NYCFC suffer record-equalling MLS defeat after Wright-Phillips runs riot 4 years ago

Andrea Pirlo's NYCFC suffer record-equalling MLS defeat after Wright-Phillips runs riot

When Andrea Pirlo and David Villa moved to Major League Soccer, they didn't expect nights like this.

After a dismal first season, New York City FC and their big names had shown some signs of improvement under new head coach Patrick Vieira.

But then Bradley Wright-Phillips and the New York Red Bulls came to town.

Wright-Phillips struck twice in the first half as the Red Bulls won 7-0 on enemy territory - the demolition at Yankee Stadium equalled the biggest ever MLS winning margin, home or away.

Dax McCarty also scored twice for the visitors, who were 5-0 up by the time Pirlo was hauled off for Frank Lampard.


Alex Muyi, Gonzalo Veron and Gideon Baah completed the rout, which brings the Red Bulls within a point of their fiercest rivals.

The game marked Lampard's first appearance of 2016, but he could not have done much, having arrived with Vieira's team already 5-0 down.

Incredibly, the visitors scored their seven goals from just nine shots on target, marking a miserable afternoon for NYCFC goalkeeper Josh Saunders.