It didn’t take long for scoring opportunities to materialize on both ends of the pitch. Off a counter attack in the opening minutes, Alejandro Moreno found a streaking Le Toux, but the striker’s one-touch shot went right into the body of goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul. Just minutes later, Ibrahim blasted a shot from the edge of the box that just missed Seitz’ upper ninety. Le Toux had another chance in the 11th minute off a combination play with Moreno, but the Frenchman shot just wide right of the net.
Philadelphia controlled the bulk of possession in the first 30 minutes, but were unable to break through in the attacking third. The pace then slowed down considerably until the final five minutes of the first half, when New York had a golden opportunity to take the lead. Angel found his way behind Philadelphia’s backline and a well-placed through ball over the top found New York’s Designated Player all alone with Seitz, but the Union ‘keeper came up with an enormous save to preserve the tie.
The two sides went into the half tied 0-0, but the second half yielded considerably more offense. New York took the lead in the 50th minute when Jeremy Hall’s cross into a crowded box found Ibrahim, who headed the ball into the back of the net for his first goal of the season and a 1-0 lead for New York.
The lead didn’t last long, as Philadelphia struck back in the 59th minute. Moreno stayed onside to receive a through ball along the right touchline before dribbling into the box and sliding a perfect cross on the ground to the far post, where Le Toux ran onto it and calmly passed Coundoul to tie the score at 1-1.
The scoring didn’t stop there though, with a handball from Michael Orozco in the box leading to a penalty kick. In the 67th minute, Angel stepped up and buried the PK with authority into the lower left corner of the net.
The Union’s best chance to equalize came in the 85th minute, when Fred cut the ball back in the box and chipped a cross to the back post, but Jack McInerney’s header was sent wide left.
It wasn’t the result Philadelphia was hoping for, but the club will look to rebound in just three days when the same two teams face off again in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Union will resume MLS action a week from today against the LA Galaxy at the Home Depot Center, a match Philadelphia will need to win to avoid a deep early-season hole.
NY - Salou Ibrahim
(Jeremy Hall) 50
PHL - Sebastien Le Toux (Alejandro Moreno) 59
NY - Juan Pablo Angel (Penalty Kick) 67
Philadelphia Union (1-3-0) -- Chris Seitz; Shea Salinas, Cristian Arrieta, Michael Orozco, Jordan Harvey (Jack McInerney 78); Andrew Jacobson (Danny Mwanga 60), Stefani Miglioranzi, Fred, Roger Torres (Nick Zimmerman 46); Alejandro Moreno, Sebastien Le Toux
Substitutes Not Used: Amobi Okugo, Toni Stahl, Brad Knighton
TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Sebastien Le Toux 3, Roger Torres 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Sebastien Le Toux 2); FOULS: 12 (3 players tied with 3); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 3 (Sebastien Le Toux 30); SAVES: 4 (Chris Seitz 4)
New York Red Bulls (4-1-0) –- Bouna Coundoul, Jeremy Hall, Mike Petke, Tim Ream, Roy Miller (Danleigh Borman 67), Dane Richards, Carl Robinson, Joel Lindpere, Brian Nielson (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 67), Salou Ibrahim (Seth Stammler 74), Juan Pablo Angel
Substitutes Not Used: Andrew Boyens, Tony Tchani, Conor Chinn
TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Juan Pablo Angel 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Juan Pablo Angel 3); FOULS: 10 (Salou Ibrahim 4); OFFSIDES: 6 (Juan Pablo Angel 3); CORNER KICKS: 5 (Joel Lindpere 5); SAVES: 2 (Bouna Coundoul 2)
NY - Mike Petke (Caution, Reckless Tackle) 70
Referee: Kevin Stott
Referee's Assistants: Kermit Quisenberry, Peter Balciunas
4th Official: Mark Geiger
Temperature: Clear, 68 degrees