Chester, PA – The New York Red Bulls walked out of PPL Park with a 3 – 2 win in a game where a 10-man Philadelphia Union team controlled most of the play. The game winner came from a chip by Kenny Cooper in the 78th minute.
It was a game in which Philadelphia had nearly twice as many shots as New York, but the final score didn’t reflect the efforts of the Union.
Joel Lindpere opened the scoring with a rocket in the 17th minute, beating Union keeper Zac MacMath at his near-post with a left-footed shot. The Union didn’t get down by the goal and started to dominate the flow play.
The Union’s hard work paid off at the half-hour mark as Lionard Pajoy buried home a Freddy Adu cross. Adu was showing signs of his youth and was putting on a clinic for the fans. He was also causing a nightmare of problems for the Red Bull’s defense, but Adu’s incredible play was cut short by what was ruled a dive in the box, resulting in a 2nd yellow card just before halftime. The replay showed some contact but a 2nd yellow card was a bit extreme. Post-game Adu said the contact was just enough to cause him to lose his footing.
The Union came out in the second firing on all cylinders. Pajoy netted a 46th min goal from a tight angle, sending his shot past two New York defenders and Ryan Meara, to put the Union up 2-1. New York looked confused and lost at times as the Union continued to control the game. The Union had several chances to increase the lead with the duo of Pajoy and Mwanga troubling the Red Bull defense all game.
In 69th minute the momentum shifted to the Red Bulls as Markus Holgersson headed in a cross off a corner kick and leveled the score. Less than 10 min later Kenny Cooper put final touch on the comeback, staying onside and chipping a soft ball over Zac MacMath to put New York up 3-2.
The Union’s never die attitude showed as they fought until the final whistle with some breath-taking moments that had everyone scratching their heads and wondering how Philadelphia didn‘t score. Michael Farfan had the best chance of tying the match in 86th minute, but managed to shoot wide despite an open goal from about a foot out. Then moments later, Carlos Valdez managed to swing and miss from a similar distance.
This game will be remembered more as a loss for Philadelphia than a win for New York. The Union played better and had more chances, but in the end, they could not finish when it counted. With the win, New York claimed first place in the East.
Philadelphia will travel to FC Dallas next Saturday and the Red Bulls are off to Montreal.
Philadelphia Union v. New York Redbulls – Highlights
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