HARRISON, New Jersey (AP) — Bradley Wright-Phillips scored twice in the first 24 minutes before converting a second-half penalty to give the New York Red Bulls a 4-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday.
Wright-Phillips was the first Red Bulls player to score three goals in a match since Thierry Henry in March 2012 against Montreal.
The win earned New York some measure of revenge against Houston, which beat the Red Bulls in Harrison last November to eliminate them from the playoffs.
Henry had the other goal for the Red Bulls, who were winless in their first six games but improved to 10 points and within one of Eastern Conference leaders Sporting KC and the Columbus Crew.
Houston is winless in its last five games.