Kaku was red carded late in the game. (Keith Furman/FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)
HOUSTON — The less said the better of the Red Bulls’ messy 4-0 defeat to the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Stadium Wednesday night.
Not only did they register their worst result of the season, they had two players — Michael Amir Murillo and Kaku — red carded in the MLS match before a crowd of 19,531.
The Red Bulls (27 points) fell to 8-7-3 and are 2-4-2 on the road this season.
Houston also had a player ejected — former Honduran international Maynor Figueroa.
Alberth Elis scored twice in the second half after setting up the first goal.
The Dynamo, which remained undefeated at home (7-0-3) took a 1-0 lead after a 39th- minute goal from Mauro Manotas.
Tomas Martinez doubled the lead via an unassisted score in the 56th minute before Elis put the two final nails in the coffin in the 72nd minute and four minutes into second-half stoppage time. Romell Quitoto and Figueroa assisted on those two goals, respectively.
The Red Bulls used a rotated lineup for the midweek match. New York was without defender Aaron Long and Kemar Lawrence (Concacaf Gold Cup) while attacking players Kaku and Danny Royer were rested to start the match.
Murillo, who returned from Gold Cup duty with Panama, was issued a second yellow in the 83rd minute. He will miss the Red Bulls next match in Atlanta.
Kaku entered the match as a secondhalf sub and was issued a red card in stoppage time for violent conduct.
Striker Bradley Wright-Phillips made his second consecutive appearance after returning from injury. BWP played 17 minutes after playing 23 minutes against the Chicago Fire Friday night.