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Recap: Early Goal Sinks Red Bulls Against Philly

photo by Matt Kremkau

New York Red Bulls lose their third game of the season after a 1-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union at Subaru Park on Saturday night. The game's only goal came early in the first half when Corey Burke put a soft goal past the Red Bulls keeper with New York unable to provide a decent response to equalize.

Philadelphia appeared to be the fresher team despite playing midweek. They had the pace and accuracy with New York lacking in most key categories. The goal in the 9th minute exacerbated what a appeared to be a sluggish performance. The Union pushed the pace through most of the game with New York gaining corners but unable to put anything together that could prove to be a threat on goal.

Substitutions in the second half saw new designated player Patrick Klimala come onto the pitch but he showed little in the way of creativity. New York had stretches where they held possession but couldn't generate any substantial goal-scoring opportunities. 

Fabio also went goal-less, extending his drought and bringing doubt as to whether or not the dynamic playmaker has the ability to be the finisher that New York desperately needs. 

The loss drops the Red Bulls to 2-3-0 on the season with their road trip continuing next week against the New England Revolution. Gillette Stadium has always been a tough place for New York to play and with their current form, it may prove to only deepen the frustration currently surrounding the club.

Starting XI:

New York Red Bulls: Coronel; Duncan, Nealis, Long, Tarek (36' Edwards), Amaya (54' Fernandez), Davis, Casseres Jr., Royer (46' Klimala), Clark (76' Yearwood), Fabio (76' Harper)

Philadelphia Union: Blake; Mbazio, Glesnes, Elliott, Wagner, Flach, Bedoya (90' Sullivan), Fontana (58' Przybylko), Monteiro, Santos (78' Real), Burke

Scoring Summary:
9' (Philadelphia Union) Cory Burke (2) assisted by Jamiro Monteiro

52' (New York Red Bulls) Aaron Long - YELLOW CARD
61' (New York Red Bulls) Sean Nealis - YELLOW CARD
79' (New York Red Bulls) Dru Yearwood - YELLOW CARD
90' (Philadelphia Union) Leon Flach - YELLOW CARD
90' (New York Red Bulls) Dru Yearwood - RED CARD


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