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Recap: New York Red Bulls Battle to a 1-1 Draw with Union at Home

photo by Matt Kremkau

Sergio Santos' goal late in the match denied the New York Red Bulls three points at home, resulting in a hard-fought draw with the Philadelphia Union, 1-1.

With both teams featuring similar attacking styles, scoring chances were sure to be few and far between. The Union was the first to try to get on the scoreboard early in the 8th minute, but Daniel Gazdag's chance was easily thwarted by New York goalkeeper Carlos Coronel, who came up with a big save during the run play.

Red Bulls tried to answer in the 17th minute as Fabio darted toward the box after taking a pass from Patrik Klimala at the center of the box, but his effort was denied by the Philadelphia goalkeeper Matthew Freese who cooly made the save. 

While the end of the first half ended in a near calamitous fashion with four members of the Union defense standing in the box, with chances to score the first goal before Carlos Cornel put an end to it by making the save, the second half began with more of the same.

In the 57th minute, Wiki Carmona took the ball in the middle of the field and quickly got around Union defender Jacob Glesnes and rushed toward the net while the ball bounced past Matthew Freese. Freese then grabbed Carmona, fouling him in the box, giving the Red Bulls a well-deserved penalty call. Freese was then shown a red card by the official for denying Carmona's goal-scoring opportunity, ending his evening.

Klimala then converted the penalty kick three minutes later to give New York the lead, 1-0. However, the one-goal lead for the Red Bulls was not enough, and it would not last very long late in the match.

With defender John Tolkin going down with an apparent injury in the 85th minute, Olivier Mbaizo floated the ball across at the top of the box, where Sergio Santos then headed it off the bar and in the back of the net to tie the match at one apiece.

The match became a very testy affair down the stretch as hard fouls, resulting in pushing and shoving between both players. The frustration was clearly evident as the Red Bulls squandered an opportunity to gather momentum by getting three points at home and in the standings. 

Starting XI:

New York Red Bulls: Carlos Coronel; John Tolkin (Jason Pendant 88’), Amro Tarek (Mandela Egbo 78’), Tom Edwards, Kyle Duncan; Sean Davis ©, Cristian Cásseres Jr., Dru Yearwood (Frankie Amaya 52’), Wiki Carmona (Omir Fernandez 78’); Fábio, Patryk Klimala (Tom Barlow 88’)

Philadelphia Union: Matt Freese; Kai Wagner, Jack Elliott, Jakob Glesnes, Olivier Mbaizo; Jose Martinez, Leon Flach (Sergio Santos 73’), Alejandro Bedoya ©, Jamiro Monteiro; Kacper Przybylko, Daniel Gadzag (Joe Bendik 57’)

Scoring Summary:
60' - New York Red Bulls - Patrik Klimala - Converted penalty kick
85' - Philadelphia Union - Sergio Santos, assisted by Olivier Mbazio

Disciplinary Summary:
42' - Philadelphia Union - Olivier Mbaizo - Yellow Card
45+2' - New York Red Bulls - Dru Yearwood - Yellow Card
57' - Philadelphia Union - Matthew Freese - Red Card
90' - New York Red Bulls - Kyle Duncan - Yellow Card
90' - Philadelphia Union - Jamiro Moteiro - Yellow Card


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