The New York Red Bulls claimed another three points at home Saturday with a 2-0 win over the Eastern Conference rival Philadelphia Union.
Kenny Cooper's brace led the way, as he registered his first goal off a header in the 43rd minute thanks to a strong cross from Connor Lade. He later padded New York's lead to 2-0 thirteen minutes into the second half when he headed home his second of the match and 13th of the season to all but ensure the Red Bulls would claim the three-point victory.
Goalkeeper Bill Gaudette backstopped the team to its second-straight shutout, as the newcomer earned his second win in three starts to help New York improve to an undefeated 7-0-3 at home.
The Red Bulls return to action Saturday, July 28, when they visit Montreal's Stade Saputo for a 7pm kickoff against the Impact (Watch on MSG). They return home that weekend in preparation for the club's July 31 friendly against Tottenham Hotspur.
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Here are a few photos from Saturday's win:
There's a healthy buzz around the Internet today following Tuesday night's U.S. Open Cup action. And why not? The Red Bulls' 3-0 shutout win over the Charleston Battery wasn't the only exciting match of the night. In fact, the full night's worth of matches resulted in a number of upsets, as seven MLS sides were eliminated from contention.
MLSsoccer.com has an individual breakdown of each match, complete with a short summary of some of the most intense matches of the night.
Obviously the level of excitement of each match is up to a fan's own interpretation, but I doubt you'll find anyone who will deny the fact that the Harrisburg City Islanders vs. New England Revolution match was anything short of dramatic.
Once the Red Bulls defeated the Battery, it would come down to the winner of that match to determine the who, when and where of New York's fourth round Open Cup meeting.
New England played a majority of the match down a man, yet still closed out the first 90 minutes in a scoreless draw against Harrisburg. But, seeing as how each match up must produce a winner, a draw was not an option. During extra time, New England jumped out to an explosive 3-0 lead. At that point it seemed like a foregone conclusion that the Red Bulls would be hosting the Revolution at Red Bull Arena. After all, a 3-0 lead is pretty much a lock in extra time, right?
Well, not exactly.
The City Islanders caught fire and scored three goals of their own to draw level in the additional 30 minutes of time. From there, Harrisburg closed out its rally with a picture-perfect finish in penalty kicks to not only advance to the next round, but also host the Red Bulls at Skyline Sports Complex in PA on June 5 (7:30 p.m. kickoff).
One of the reasons I love the U.S. Open Cup is the opportunity to discover American soccer in full depth. We can all find the top of the totem pole, the men’s and women’s national teams and MLS. But there’s a lot of soccer out there that’s not fully professional, that’s lesser adorned and not necessarily attached to network TV contracts.
One-by-one the results kept coming in Tuesday night, with each one seeming more unlikely than the last. On perhaps the wildest, most unpredictable night in U.S. Open Cup history, seven MLS teams were eliminated from the competition the third round, and the manner in which some of them were sent packing was downright shocking.
If the fourth round of U.S. Open Cup action turns out to be just as intense as the third, then fans will undoubtedly be treated to some more exciting soccer.
Mark your calendars: Red Bulls vs. City Islanders on Tuesday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET
The New York Red Bulls reserves played the Philadelphia Union reserves to a 2-2 draw in a Sunday matinee match following the completion of the first team's clash at PPL Park.
New York found itself in an early hole heading into the half after Philly's Antoine Hoppenot found the back of the net in the 11th minute on an assist from Josue Martinez. Less than one minute into the second half, Philly struck again, this time on a penalty kick from Jack McInerney. From there the Red Bulls' defense went into lockdown mode, limiting the Union's chances while also maintaining a steady flow back up the pitch to create opportunities of their own.
That first turnaround goal came in the 68th minute when guest player Walter Hines slipped one past Union 'keeper Chase Harrison to cut the deficit to one. Twenty minute later it was Corey Hertzog who sent home the equalizer to complete the Red Bulls' surge from a 2-0 hole to level the final score at a draw.
PHI - Antoine Hoppenot (Josue Martinez)11’
PHI - Jack McInerney (Penalty Kick) 46’
NY - Walter Hines (Unassisted) 68’
NY - Corey Hertzog (Unassisted) 88’
NY - Ryan Maduro (Yellow card caution) 33’
NY - Giorgi Chirgadze (Yellow card caution) 51’
PHI - Colton Storm (Yellow card caution) 63’
NY - Christian Ibidgha (Yellow card caution) 81’
Philadelphia Union Reserves: Chase Harrison; Porfirio Lopez; *Matt Baker; Christhian Hernandez (*Shane Campbell 71); Jimmy McLaughlin; Amobi Okugo (C); Zack Pfeffer; *Andy Adland (*Darius Madison 68); Josue Martinez (*Colton Storm 57); Antoine Hoppenot (Chandler Hoffman 81); Jack McInerney
Shots: 11; Shots on Goal: 7; Corners: 0; Saves: 9; Fouls: 4; Offsides: 3
New York Red Bull Reserves: Jeremy Vuolo; Jonathan Borrojo; Ousmane Sanogo; Christian Ibidgha; Connor Lade (C); Corey Hertzog; Ryan Maduro; Julian Stahler; **Giorgi Chirgadze; Jhonny Arteaga; Juan Agudelo (Walter Hines 56)
Shots: 17; Shots on Goal: 11; Corners: 5; Saves: 5; Fouls: 8; Offsides: 3
*Philadelphia Union Academy Players
**New York Guest Players
The Red Bulls earned their fourth-straight victory Sunday afternoon and another three big points on the road with a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Union. (Full Recap)
Here is a collection of photos from the win; a win that puts New York in sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference:
The Red Bulls rallied back from a 2-1 deficit with two-straight unanswered goals in the second half of play to defeat the Philadelphia Union 3-2 Sunday afternoon at PPL Park. The win marks New York's fourth-straight victory and moves them into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference. (Recap)
Goals were spread across the board for the Red Bulls, as Joel Lindpere picked up his second of the season and the first of the match after ripping a bullet past Philly goalkeeper Zac MacMath. Later, with the Red Bulls down 2-1, Markus Holgersson sent home the first goal of his MLS career to level the score at two apiece. Ten minutes later, it was Kenny Cooper, who surpassed his 2011 goal total in the 78th minute with his game-winning, ninth goal of the season.
New York returns to action Saturday when they pay a visit to the Montreal Impact for a 7:30 ET kick on MSG. May 23 is the last Red Bulls home game before the league breaks for Euros, so be sure to get your tickets today by visiting Red Bulls Ticket Central or calling 877.RB.SOCCER.
Here are the full highlights from Sunday's win over the Union:
Joel Lindpere put the Red Bulls up 1-0 with this phenomenal strike in the 17th minute of Sunday's match against the Philadelphia Union:
Red Bulls rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara registered his first career victory in Major League Soccer against the Colorado Rapids on Mar. 25 and has since been on a roll. Not only did he do so in front of the home crowd (plus friends and family) at Red Bull Arena, but since then he's backstopped the Red Bulls to three-straight victories and currently leads the league in saves (21).
In Saturday's 4-1 win over the Columbus Crew, Meara came within just a few minutes of registering his first career MLS shutout before Crew defender Chad Marshall deposited a header into the mesh during the 89th minute. Midfielder Dax McCarty said, despite the three-goal margin in victory, the team was a bit disappointed that it couldn't secure the clean sheet.
"We're really upset that we couldn't get Ryan his first shutout," McCarty said following Tuesday's training session at Montclair State University. "I think he deserved it."
"For the better part of 90 minutes, it looked like Meara was going to get his first MLS clean sheet as New York stuck it to the Crew in Columbus. But in the 89th minute, fellow rookie Kirk Urso whipped a corner kick into the box that Chad Marshall deposited in the back of the net. A tough test awaits this weekend against San Jose."
Meara and the Red Bulls will have their work cut out for them Saturday when the 4-1 Earthquakes come to town for a 7pm ET kick off. Watch on MSG+ or enjoy the league's top three goalscorers in person. Get your tickets now at Red Bulls Ticket Central or by calling 877.RB.SOCCER.