Philadelphia Union faced New York Red Bulls on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., falling 2-1. Jack McInerney scored for the Union off of an indirect free kick in the first half, assisted by newcomer Vincent Nogueira.
The Union started three new offseason signings together for the first time this preseason, as Nogueira debuted alongside Argentine Cristian Maidana and American international Maurice Edu. Richie Marquez, a rookie out of University of Redlands, also started for Philadelphia.
Although the team created scoring opportunities throughout the match, Hackworth emphasized the importance of new players needing time to gel.
“It’s going to take a little bit of time, a little bit of work to get those guys on the same page and syncing the way we would like,” he said after the match. “We have new guys that are key acquisitions, but we also have a core of returning players that we feel very strongly about. And we just have to bring those two groups together and be ready for March 8 in Portland.”
After the Union started out with consistent offensive pressure, the Red Bulls opened the scoring account for the game on a counter-attack goal from Lloyd Sam. Sam latched on to a loose ball and raced down the right sideline and firing a shot that went past MacMath in the 10th minute of play.
The Union answered in the first half through Jack McInerney, who scored off an indirect free kick inside the box in the 29th minute of play. New York goalkeeper Luis Robles was called for a violation inside the 18 of holding on to the ball for over six seconds, giving the Union the free kick. Nogueira gently laid a ball off to McInerney, who rifled a one-touch shot into the far corner of the net to level the score.
New York added another before the end of the half as Thierry Henry got on the end of a ball from Sam, who cut back across the defense to the striker. Henry fired it low and into the right side of the net.
The Union fielded an entirely new eleven players in the second half, featuring Ray Gaddis, Leo Fernandes, Pedro Fernandes and waiver draft selection Corben Bone. Ribeiro, a rookie from Coastal Carolina, came close to leveling on a few different occasions, narrowly missing the frame.
Philadelphia Union fly back to Pennsylvania for a short break and return to Florida next week, beginning play in the Disney Pro Soccer Classic Wednesday, Feb. 19 in a match against Orlando City.
New York Red Bulls 2, Philadelphia Union 1
Saturday, Feb. 12; 6:00 p.m. ET
EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Fla.
NYRB: Lloyd Sam 10’
PHI: McInerney 29’ (Nogueira)
NYRB: Henry 35’ (Sam)
NYRB: Eric Alexander (caution) 80’
UNION STARTING 11
First half: Zac MacMath, Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Amobi Okugo, Sheanon Williams, Brian Carroll, Maurice Edu, Vincent Nogueira, Cristian Maidana, Jack McInerney, Danny Cruz.
Second half: Andre Blake, Robbie Derschang, Ethan White, Aaron Wheeler, Ray Gaddis, Aodhan Quinn, Leo Fernandes, Keon Daniel, Pedro Ribeiro, Corben Bone, Sebastien Le Toux.
NEW YORK STARTING 11
First half: Luis Robles, Kosuke Kimura, Jamison Olave, Armando, Bobby Convey, Lloyd Sam, Peguy Luyindula, Dax McCarty, Jonny Steele, Tim Cahill, Thierry Henry
Second Half: Luis Robles (Santiago Castano 70’), Richard Eckersley (Chris Duvall* 80’), Armando (Ambroise Oyongo* 70’), Ibrahim Sekagya, Roy Miller, Eric Stevenson*, Michael Bustamante, Eric Alexander, Marius Obekop (Ruben Bover 70’), Andre Akpan (Amando Moreno 81’), Bradley Wright-Phillips