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New Coach, Same Result. Union bounce Red Bulls, 3-0

(photo by Matt Kremkau)

Just two days after Chris Armas was relieved of his duties as head coach, Bradley Carnell stepped in to begin his era as interim coach only to see the same result - this time with a terrible loss at home to the Philadephia Union, 3-0.

Before this match began, the Red Bulls were unbeaten in the last five games against Philadephia at Red Bull Arena in the regular season (3-0-2) and not allowed a single goal to the Union in the previous three games at RBA, However, that streak was ended emphatically in the 31st minute when Brenden Aaronson scored the opening goal. Alejandro Bedoya's brilliant pass found Aaronson wide open and, with his first touch, blasted his shot off the far post for his third goal of the season.

The Red Bulls had their chance to equalize one hour in the match when Kaku found defender Kyle Duncan with a near-perfect pass that crosses the field, and the outside back passed the ball square in front of the goal, but Tom Barlow's attempt went wide just outside the six-yard box.

That one chance would prove costly. Just eight minutes later, it would be Kacper Przybylko who terrorized the Red Bulls backline only twelve days ago back in Chester, this time tapping in the ball brought to him by Andrew Wooten, who cut back after receiving the ball from Bedoya.

And to add insult to injury, in the 78th minute Matt Real just off the bench substituting for defender Oliver Mbaizo, taking full advantage of a bad turnover by Omir Fernandez, slotted a low shot inside the far post.

Final Thoughts:

Red Bull Head of Sport Kevin Thelwell certainly has his work cut out for him. The team, as currently constructed is just not good enough to be competitive in the rough and tumble Eastern Conference. Chief among them is the midfield and the defender combo not on the same page and committing costly errors with giveaways that put the backline under siege. Add the offense's inability to score goals when the opportunities present themselves, and you have a recipe for a team that's currently listless and in serious need of a revamp as soon as possible.

by Garry Redman


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