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Recap: RBNY tied up in knots with Union Draw

photo by Matt Kremkau

HARRISON, NJ - Sergio Santos and Omir Fernandez's goals twenty minutes apart were all the scoring that happened for the evening as the Red Bulls dropped two vital points as they settled with a draw against the Philadelphia Union, 1-1.

The Union got on the scoreboard in the 18th minute when Jamiro Monteiro played in a corner that deflected off a New York defender. The ball landed at the feet of  Sergio Santos, who easily tapped it in the back of the net from close range to give the visitors the early lead. 

Red Bulls responded in the 37th minute as Cristian Casseres took the ball in the heart of the Union defense, passed it to Omir Fernandez in the middle of the box who then pivoted, and blasted his shot in the back of the net. The Bronx, NY native has now scored goals in two straight matches, and three in his last four games.

The ongoing theme of the match, if not the season, was how the New York Red Bulls could not find the winning goal they sorely needed to close the gap on the teams they were chasing for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. With now eight games left of the 2021 campaign, coach Struber's team could not afford to drop points, especially at home where at this point of the season the margin of error is very slim.

However, neither team would get the goal needed to capture all three points. With FC Cincinnati, Inter Miami, and Montreal all losing their matches that very same evening, the Red Bulls missed a massive opportunity to take a huge step of salvaging their subpar season. They must now get the points they need on the road, starting with FC Cincinnati on Saturday. 

Starting XI:

New York Red Bulls: Carlos Coronel; John Tolkin (Tom Edwards, 87’), Sean Nealis, Kyle Duncan, Andrés Reyes, Andrew Gutman, Sean Davis, Cristian Cásseres, Jr. (Wiki Carmona, HT), Dru Yearwood (Daniel Royer, 74’), Omir Fernandez (Tom Barlow, 58’), Patryk Klimala (Frankie Amaya, 74’)

Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Olivier Mbaizo, Jakob Glesnes, Jack Elliott, Kai Wagner, Jose Martinez, Jamiro Monteiro, Alejandro Bedoya (Paxten Aaronson, 74’), Leon Flach, Sergio Santos (Daniel Gazdag, 74’), Kacper Przybylko

Scoring Summary:
18' (Philadelphia Union) Sergio Santos, unassisted
37' (New York Red Bulls) Omir Fernandez, assisted by Cristian Casseres

Disciplinary Summary:
45' (Philadelphia Union) Jose Martinez - Yellow card
52' (New York Red Bulls) Kyle Duncan - Yellow card
64' (New York Red Bulls) Andres Reyes - Yellow card
85' (Philadelphia Union) Kai Wagner - Yellow card
86' (Philadelphia Union) Andre Blake - Yellow card
88' (Philadelphia Union) Jack Elliott - Yellow card

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