Harrison, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Bradley Wright-Phillips bagged a hat trick on Saturday as the New York Red Bulls rolled to a 4-1 victory over Seattle Sounders FC at Red Bull Arena.
Wright-Phillips opened the scoring after just 30 seconds, converted a penalty kick in the 54th minute and finished the treble with a spectacular individual effort. Tim Cahill added a fourth goal for New York, which jumped to 41 points on the season.
Coming off their fourth U.S. Open Cup title win in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Seattle rested many regulars, but collected a goal from Clint Dempsey, who came on as a substitute. The result matters little to Seattle however, as the club has already clinched a playoff berth.
Wright-Phillips opened the scoring after he jumped on a rebound from a blocked shot off the foot of Ambrose Oyongo and fired it home.
Wright-Phillips netted his second goal nine minutes into the second half after Lloyd Sam used his speed to beat Seattle defender Dylan Remick to the end line before being dragged down in the area, resulting in a penalty kick.
Wright-Phillips fired it past Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei with ease to give his side the 2-0 lead.
Just two minutes later it was 3-0 for New York when Wright-Phillips got on the end of a fantastic through ball from Roy Miller and deposited it past Frei to complete his third treble of the season.
Dempsey pulled one back for Seattle in the 62nd minute, but Cahill answered with a fourth tally three minutes later to wrap up the points for the home side in emphatic fashion.