Bradley Wright-Phillips' double helped the New York Red Bulls earn a critical 2-0 victory over Club Tijuana at Estadio Caliente on Tuesday. The win that gives the MLS side the advantage ahead of the second leg of the teams' Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series.
Bradley Wright-Phillips had the visitors ahead in the ninth minute. Daniel Royer's cross was cleared directly to the English forward, who smashed his shot into the roof of the net to give his side a lead to defend. They largely looked to defend that lead for most of the match, with Tijuana pouring pressure on but Red bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles frustrating the home side with a highlight reel full of great saves.
The ball was in the back of the net for Tijuana in the 64th minute, but the assistant referee had his flag up ruling that Ignacio Rivero's apparent goal was offside. It would be a crucial moment with the Red Bulls venturing forward three minutes later. Wright-Phillips again was able to beat Gibran Lajud. He received a pass in close quarters but still was able to shift the ball onto his right foot and put a low shot past the Tijuana goalkeeper.
The Red Bulls now have two away goals heading into the second leg at Red Bull Arena, which is set to take place March 13.