Kenny Cooper’s Double Leads Red Bulls To A 2-0 Win Over The Union
Harrison, NJ- The Kenny Cooper Show continued against Philadelphia as Cooper scored a pair goals to knock off Philadelphia 2-0. New York last beat Philadelphia 3-2 on Mother’s Day at PPL Park with the game winner coming for Kenny Cooper. The Union’s back-field was harassed all day with a NY attacking trio of All-Star front men: Le Toux, Henry and Cooper. The Union defense dodged a lot bullets in the first half but the size & height of Cooper in the air got the best of them right before the half. In 43rd minute Cooper’s head connected on a perfectly placed cross from Connor Lade. The ball was placed inches below a fully stretched out Zac MacMath into lower right corner of the goal. The goal seemed to be a huge blow the Union as they were fighting hard to get into break at zero all and regroup.
Both teams entered the 2nd half with same line-ups to start game (with exception of Brandon Barklage who was substituted in the 16th minute due an injury and replaced with Jonathan Borrajo). New York came back on the field with edge and continued to press the Union. The Red Bull’s attack only took 13 minutes to double the score line and make it 2-0. The goal came from none other than Kenny Cooper has he put home a ball played in by Frenchman Thierry Henry. The Union seemed a bit flat and had a hard time recovering as the NY attack continued push bodies up front. The Union tried to add a spark by substuting in Gabriel Gomez and the energy filled Antonie Hoppenot. The Union attack pushed up hard with several long balls in the box, but the NY back line with its height controlled the air. It seemed that Union wouldn’t adjust its style of attack and kept playing crosses and long balls into the box. The Union finally got on the board in the 2nd minute of stoppage with a goal by Hoppenot but the ref called the play offside. The replay clearly showed Hoppenot was onside. In frustration Hoppennot grabbed the ball and punted it about 15 rows into crowd and received a yellow card. The disallowed goal didn’t change the outcome but at least would have rewarded the hard working rookie forward and added something positive to return home to.
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