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MLS: Playoffs-New York Red Bulls at D.C. United
Wright-Phillips on yellow card suspension: ‘I didn’t know the rules’

For New York Red Bulls fans, the nature of Bradley Wright-Phillips’ suspension-triggering yellow card Sunday was frustrating. And the striker’s explanation for the play might even be tougher to swallow.

The MLS Golden Boot winner will miss the second leg of New York’s Eastern Conference final against the New England Revolution after picking up his second yellow card of the postseason in the 2-1 loss at Red Bull Arena.

Wright-Phillips got booked in the 60th minute when he stretched his leg out to prevent New England goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth from rolling the ball to a teammate. After the match, Wright-Phillips acknowledged he wasn’t aware that a yellow card would earn him a suspension.

“I didn’t know the rules of the yellow card accumulation,” Wright-Phillips told reporters. “I’m angry, obviously. I’m angry. Stupid yellow card and now I have to pay.”

After netting 27 goals in the regular season, Wright-Phillips has scored four times in the Red Bulls’ four playoff games — including New York’s tally Sunday.

Out-of-favor midfielder Tim Cahill, who regularly plays up top for the Australia national team, seems likely to replace Wright-Phillips in the lineup for Saturday’s second leg at Gillette Stadium.

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