The New York Red Bulls failed to advance to the quarterfinals, in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, after falling 2-1 to the Philadelphia Union. The Red Bulls did not score in the first half, but did in the 77th minute, off the foot of Bradley Wright-Phillips, who came in as a sub in the 60th minute.
The team came into tonight having played five games in a span of 15 days, and could probably blame the slow start to fatigue, but Head Coach Jesse Marsch refused to use that as an excuse.
"Our guys really went after it and we were operating on fumes," Marsch said. We were playing with half a deck. "I'm not going to make excuses. Philadelphia got the win. They are moving on and we wish them luck."
Captain Luis Robles talked about how he believes the upcoming break will help the team recharge.
"I hope everyone gets a chance to get a mental refresher." Robles said. "It's good to get a break not only physically but when we get to step away for a few days, it's a chance to recharge and when you look at the schedule for the rest of the summer, it doesn't get any easier so we know we need to utilize the next few days and recharge."
The Red Bulls next match will be on June 23, at Red Bull Arena, against FC Dallas.