CHESTER, PA (June 23, 2013) – Playing down a man for most of the match, the New York Red Bulls fell to the Philadelphia Union, 3-0, Sunday at PPL Park. New York (7-6-4, 25 points) and Philadelphia (7-5-4, 25 points) are now tied for second place in the Eastern Conference, four points behind leader, the Montreal Impact.
The Red Bulls, who had their five-match winning streak against the Union snapped, will play their next match is on June 30, as they face the Houston Dynamo at Red Bull Arena at 2:00 PM (TV: ESPN; Radio: ESPN Deportes Radio Nueva York 1050 AM). For tickets to Red Bulls matches, call 1.877.RBSOCCER or log onto www.newyorkredbulls.com.
Philadelphia took the lead in the seventh minute. A Union corner kick was cleared out of the box to Keon Daniel and he passed it to Sheanon Williams on the left wing. Williams curled in a cross that Conor Casey headed into the back of the net. Ten minutes later, Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles kept the score at 1-0, putting his leg out to block a Jack McInerney close range effort.
The Red Bulls were reduced to 10 men in the 28th minute when Lloyd Sam was issued a controversial red card for a challenge on Danny Cruz. Despite being a man down, New York fought back for the rest of the interval and thought it had a goal in the 36th minute when Dax McCarty nodded it in off a Thierry Henry free kick. However, the Red Bulls midfielder was ruled offside.
Both teams had chances to find the back of the net after halftime. Casey forced Robles to parry in the six yard box and Sebastien Le Toux could not knock in the rebound. On the other end, Jonny Steele controlled a Peguy Luyindula feed, turned his defender and put his shot wide of the mark.
The Union doubled their advantage in the 64th minute. Daniel blasted it at Robles and the Red Bulls goalkeeper was able to block it. However, Casey was able to get to the rebound first and slid it home.
With the Red Bulls pushed forward to find a goal and substitutes Fabian Espindola and Andre Akpan coming close to pulling the deficit back to one, Philadelphia completed the scoring two minutes from full time, as Antoine Hoppenot tallied a goal off a Le Toux pass.
New York Red Bulls 0, Philadelphia Union 3
June 23, 2013 – PPL Park – Chester, PA
MLS Regular Season
PHI: Conor Casey 4 (Sheanon Williams 4) 7’
PHI: Conor Casey 5 (unassisted) 64’
PHI: Antoine Hoppenot 2 (Sebastien Le Toux 7) 88’
NY: Lloyd Sam (red card, ejection) 28’
PHI: Michael Farfan (caution) 42’
New York Red Bulls (7-6-4, 25 points) – Luis Robles, Brandon Barklage (Kosuke Kimura 46’), Markus Holgersson, Heath Pearce, Roy Miller, Lloyd Sam, Eric Alexander, Dax McCarty, Jonny Steele (Fabian Espindola 67’), Peguy Luyindula (Andre Akpan 83’), Thierry Henry
Substitutes Not Used: Ryan Meara, Ruben Bover, Michael Bustamante, Connor Lade
Philadelphia Union (7-5-4, 25 points) – Zac MacMath, Amobi Okugo, Sheanon Williams, Jeff Parke, Raymon Gaddis, Sebastien Le Toux, Danny Cruz (Michael Farfan 36’), Keon Daniel, Brian Carroll (Matt Kassel 91’+), Conor Casey (Antoine Hoppenot 73’), Jack McInerney
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Konopka, Roger Torres, Aaron Wheeler, Leonardo Fernandes
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Referee’s Assistants: Kermit Quisenberry, Corey Parker
4th Referee: Jorge Gonzalez