Match Recap

MATCH RECAP, pres. by Provident Bank: Red Bulls Fall to Philly on Penalty


A penalty, which needed to go to Video Review before being confirmed, was the sole decider as the New York Red Bulls fell to Philadelphia Union, 1-0.

Daniel Gazdag opened the scoring for the match after sinking a penalty that was conceded by Dylan Nealis in the 31st minute.

"The frustration is, right now, on an outstanding high level -- 10 for 10, I would say" Head Coach Gerhard Struber said. "Not only for me, but also my boys. We can see we missed a lot in this game. Not ready in the moments when we get the chance, and one time very, very unlucky with a penalty. Yeah, that's very -- question in my eyes. We had a special time, tough time. It's very, very difficult at the moment."

New York had 17 shots on the night, three on goal, with eight blocked inside the box.

"It's a tough result, a tough pill to swallow," Sean Nealis said. "A lot of low heads because we gave a lot and that end result wasn't there. I believe in the guys here, we're going to keep fighting, keep going strong, keep sticking together."

There were two milestones met for Red Bulls players in the second half. Tom Barlow made his 100th MLS appearance after being subbed on in the 64th minute, while Ronald Donkor made his MLS debut­­­ for New York as a substitute in the 81st minute.

Dru Yearwood made his first start of the season and his first since September 20, 2022, against Philadelphia Union.

With the win, Philadelphia now has a ten-match unbeaten run against New York.

The Red Bulls move on to the US Open Cup on Tuesday at Montclair State University as they face off against D.C. United in the Round of 32. The match will be streamed on US Soccer's YouTube channel as well as New York Red Bulls Radio.

"We did well last year, we went far and that is obviously our aim this year to go as far as we can and of course build some confidence from those games," Yearwood said. "That's what we plan on doing."

Later, New York hosts New York City FC on May 13 with a kickoff time set for 7:30 p.m. ET at Red Bull Arena. Coverage will be on Apple TV+, New York Red Bulls Radio in English and Spanish via TuneIn, the New York Red Bulls app and