The New York Red Bulls traveled to Subaru Park in a conference-climbing showdown. The Philadelphia Union home has been a tough destination for RBNY in the past. Can they do it on a rainy night in Chester?
What if I’m away from home?
Significantly better on the road than at home, RBNY was ready to break that record for away wins. The Union, often the only team to decode New York in past games, came at them with everything they had. Both sides created chances and canceled attacks. New York goalie Carlos Coronel and Philadelphia goalie Andre Blake rose to their respective challenges, keeping clean sheets throughout the first half.
Do you still believe in each other?
The New York midfielder was clicking throughout the first half. Frankie Amaya, Omir Fernandez and John Tolkin pushed the ball down the field. But when they tried to get the ball through the Philadelphia defense, there was no connection up high. Patryk Klimala made way for Cameron Harper for the second half. Tom Barlow was replaced by Zach Ryan late in the game. With his first goal in the Open Cup just days before, manager Gerhard Struber was looking for a little more magic.
If the sky is falling
It’s almost like there’s a script: New York and Philly start off at a stalemate; both sides get chippy; players get injured; the cards begin to fly and general chaos reigns. At the start of the second half, Dániel Gazdag opened the scoring for the Union (47th). A trample on the ankle resulted in a 2nd yellow for RBNY defender Dylan Nealis and an expulsion (55th). But Lucas ‘Luquinhas’ Linares, with a chip on Blake, leveled the game in the 66th minute. Although Philly thought they had beaten their guests, the new centralized VAR facility in Atlanta pointed out that scorer Julián Carranza was, in fact, offside. As the two teams battled it out until the end of seven minutes of stoppage time, the game ended with the points tied.
Oh brother, I’ll hear you calling
However, there was a significant change in the standings of the Eastern Conference: the Montreal Foot Club finished the day in first place, thanks to a differential of +3 goals. The Red Bulls return home for a midweek rematch against the Chicago Fire. Can they finally turn things around in Harrison? There is nothing in this world that I wouldn’t do to see a positive result.