Bradley Wright-Phillips scored off a spectacular bicycle kick. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

HARRISON, N.J. — In a matter of five days, the Red Bulls’ performance went from night to day.

In contrast to their 3-1 horror show of a home defeat to the LA Galaxy, they showed their resiliency and desire in an entertaining 1-1 draw against the best team in Major League Soccer.

Bradley Wright-Phillips scored a spectacular goal and Luis Robles made a well, spectacular save on a penalty kick by Toronto FC’s Jozy Altidore at Red Bull Arena.

The Red Bulls (5-6-2, 17 points) snapped their losing streak at three games, while Toronto FC (7-1-5, 26)  saw its six-game winning streak come to an end.

Wright-Phillips connected for MLS career goal No. 74 in memorable fashion in 38th minute.

U.S. international midfielder Michael Bradley set up the scoring sequence after he received a yellow card for fouling Fredrik Gulbrandsen.

Captain Sacha Kljestan took a free kick from the left side, which went to Gulbrandsen on the right side. The Norwegian headed the ball the ball to the far post where BWP took a spectacular bicycle kick into the left corner past goalkeeper Alexander Bono for his fifth goal of the season and a 1-0 lead.

While the game was end-to-end action, goal-scoring opportunities were rare on a warm May night at RBA.

Bono made a save in the 16th minute, denying Gulbrandsen off a counterattack.

Red Bulls keeper Luis Robles had to wait until the 47th minute to make his first save as he caught Justin Morrow’s shot from just outside the box with his stomach.

Toronto equalized in the 70th minute after New York’s Panamanian international right back Michael Amir Murillo was assessed a yellow card for unsporting behavior.

From the right side, Steven Beitashour sent in a free kick to Chris Mavinga, who redirected the ball to Benoit Cheyrou at the far side. Cheyrou then scored his first MLS goal, nodding the ball to the right side while Robles was sliding in the other direction.

Robles kept the Red Bulls afloat with a penalty-kick save in the 81st minute after the visitors were awarded a the spot kick after Damien Perrinelle was called for a foul in the box for knocking down Tosaint Ricketts.

Former Red Bulls striker Jozy Altidore took the penalty, but Robles guessed right, diving to his left to knock the ball away and keep the scoreboard frozen at 1-1.

Three minutes later, Ricketts had an opportunity to give Toronto FC the lead, but his hard shot kissed off the crossbar.

In the waning minutes, Ricketts had a goal called back on an offside call, after he slotted home a rebound of a Robles save. That call saved a point for the hosts.

Scoring Summary: 
NY – Bradley Wright-Phillips (Fredrik Gulbrandsen, Sacha Kljestan) 38′
TOR – Benoit Cheyrou 1 (Chris Mavinga, Steven Beltashour) 70′
Misconduct Summary:
TOR – Michael Bradley (caution, foul) 37′
NY – Michael Amir Murillo (caution, foul) 70′
NY – Aaron Long (caution, foul) 81′
TOR -Jozy Altidore(caution, unsporting behavior) 82′
NY – Luis Robles (caution, dissent) 89′
New York Red Bulls: Luis Robles; Kemar Lawrence, Aaron Long, Damien Perrinelle, Michael Amir Murillo, Felipe, Mike Grella (Danny Royer, 60′), Sacha Kljestan ©, Alex Muyl (Gonzalo Veron, 83′), Fredrik Gulbrandsen (Sean Davis, 46′), Bradley Wright-Phillips
Toronto FC: Alex Bono; Eriq Zavaleta, Chris Mavinga, Drew Moor (Benoit Cheyrou), Justin Morrow, Michael Bradley ©, Victor Vazquez, Marco Delgado (Raheem Edwards, 68′), Steven Beitashour, Jozy Altidore, Tosaint Ricketts (Jordan Hamilton, 90+1′)
Referee: Robert Sibiga
Referee’s Assistants: Peter Malinowski, Claudiu Badea
4th Official: Nima Saghafi
Attendance: 21,025

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at