MONTCLAIR, N.J. – Behind a two goal effort from guest player Jhonny Arteaga, the New York Red Bull Reserves overcame heavy rainfall and a 1-0 halftime deficit to top the Philadelphia Union Reserves, 2-1, Monday afternoon at Montclair University.
The match took on an up tempo pace right from the opening whistle, with the Red Bulls nearly scoring in the ninth minute off of a John Rooney corner kick. Carlos Mendes took the cross and headed it towards Corey Hertzog, who then smashed a header on target. But Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath made a diving save to deflect the New York attempt.
Nine minutes later, Philadelphia opened the scoring when Roger Torres corralled a misplaced pass from the Red Bulls defense at the top of the box. Torres chipped the ball just over the grasp of New York goalkeeper Alex Horwath to give the Union a 1-0 advantage.
The rest of the first half saw each team threaten the net multiple times, but neither team managed to take advantage of their opportunities.
Arteaga, who came on at halftime, made an immediate impact on the match. He evened the score in the 48th minute when Rooney found him in the center of the box, allowing the forward to knock the ball past MacMath.
Just six minutes later, an aggressive play from Red Bulls striker Juan Agudelo resulted in Arteaga’s second goal. Agudelo made a sliding attempt on a 50-50 ball at the top of the box, drawing the Union defense while deflecting it towards Arteaga. Arteaga had space to shoot and calmly put New York ahead, 2-1.
New York Red Bulls – Alex Horwath, Matt Kassel, Stephen Keel (Sacir Hot 61’), Carlos Mendes, Mike Jones (Tyler Lassiter 46’), Joseph Niouky*, Stephane Auvray (Teddy Schneider 53’), John Rooney, Marcos Paullo (Eric Sa* 59’), Corey Hertzog (Jhonny Arteaga* 46’), Juan Agudelo
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Konopka, Brandon Allen*, Scotty Thomsen*
Philadelphia Union – Zac MacMath, Juan Diego Gonzalez, Roger Torres (Colton Storm* 64’), Danny Mwanga (Kelton Cheney* 46’), Kyle Nakazawa (Stefani Miglioranzi 83’), Amobi Okugo, Keon Daniel (Stephen Basso* 46’), Michael Farfan, Ryan Richter, Zach Pfeffer
Substitutes Not Used: None
PHI: Roger Torres (unassisted) 18’
NY: Jhonny Arteaga (John Rooney) 48’
NY: Jhonny Arteaga (Juan Agudelo) 54’
PHI: Zach Pfeffer (caution) 35’
PHI: Amobi Okugo (caution) 83’