HARRISON, N.J. (July 21, 2012) – Philadelphia Union lost 2-0 to New York Red Bulls, thanks to goals on each side of halftime from Kenny Cooper.
Both teams began the match with simple passes intercepted on both sides. The Red Bulls, however, looked the more dangerous side and they had an early chance from Cooper thwarted by Zac MacMath before Sebastien Le Toux skied the rebound over the cross bar.
The Union had an opportunity to take the lead late in the first half with few real chances, but Gaudette denied Josue Martinez in the 40th minute after the Union attacker raced by Jonathan Borrajo, who replaced an injured Brandon Barklage in the 16th minute.
Cooper then broke the deadlock with a goal fed off a pass from Connor Lade with a pass down the left.
It was déjà vu for the Union not long after halftime. Lade and Thierry Henry combined on the left flank before the Frenchman whipped in a ball that Cooper finished with his head, doubling the lead inside of a rocking Red Bull Arena.
Philadelphia head coach John Hackworth made a trio of substitutions as the visitors searched for an injection of life. But they never found it and New York walked away with their second victory in four days, following 1-0 win over Chicago last Wednesday.
Philadelphia Union return to play home at PPL Park next Sunday, July 29 vs New England Revolution at PPL Park on July 29 in a nationally televised game on NBC Sports. The game will also be aired in the team’s second radio broadcast on 610WIPam.
PPL Park will play host to the AT&T 2012 MLS All Star Game Wednesday, July 25.