|photo by Matt Kremkau
by Anthony J. Merced
New York Red Bulls look to continue their run in the Leagues Cup when they travel to Chester, Pennsylvania and Subaru Park to play the Philadelphia Union on Monday night. New York has had a successful tournament with stout defense and timely goal-scoring that proves the team may be ready to make an impact on a grander scale.
Both teams played tough games in the last round with the Red Bulls relying on a penalty kick goal from Omir Fernandez to advance past rivals NYCFC. The Union had to grind out their own result with a scoreless draw against DC United. The team advanced by winning a penalty shootout after 90 minutes.
While their lack of goals against DC may be a sign of hope for the Red Bulls, history has shown that the Union are quite potent at Subaru Park. The home team has scored eight goals in the competition thus far with the most impressive performance being a 5-1 drubbing of Liga MX side Queretaro.
For New York it has been about lockdown defense throughout the competition. So far they have only surrendered one goal in three matches. This led them to top their group but did leave questions about the offense which has lingered all year long.