Rzatkowski rallies Red Bulls past Sporting KC 3-2
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Marc Rzatkowski scored two goals after the 71st minute to rally the New York Red Bulls to a 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night.
Rzatkowski entered as a substitute in the 60th minute for Alejandro Romero Gamarra and made it 2-all for the Red Bulls (11-5-2) with his first MLS goal — a left-footed shot from inside the penalty arc to finish Tyler Adams’ pass in the 72nd. Rzatkowski settled Sean Davis’ pass in the 79th and sent a rocket into the upper left corner that got through despite a deflection of goalkeeper Tim Melia.
Roger Espinoza gave Sporting KC (9-5-6) a 2-1 lead in the 51st minute with a rising blast from just beyond the right side of the area.
Bradley Wright-Phillips and Johnny Russell traded goals early in the game. Wright-Phillips finished Gamarra’s pass with a chip over the onrushing Melia in the fourth minute and Russell punched home Graham Zusi’s cross from close range in the eighth.
It was Red Bulls head coach Chris Armas’ first MLS win.