CHESTER, Pa. (November 20, 2021) – The Philadelphia Union defeated the New York Red Bulls 1-0 in extra time to advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs. The first half ended deadlocked at zero. In the second half, the biggest chance came from Kacper Przybylko in the 82nd minute that went just high of the bar from point blank range. The Union were unable to break the tie in regulation. In the last minute of extra time, center back Jakob Glesnes gave the Union the winning goal off a shot from well outside of the box. The goal is the latest game winner in MLS Cup Playoffs history (120+3’), as well as the latest goal in any MLS competition. Andre Blake made one save in the extra time victory, saving two shots in a clean sheet win. It is Blake’s first ever clean sheet in a playoff match. 

The Union will host the winner of the Nashville SC vs. Orlando City match on November 28, at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

Philadelphia Union 1 – New York Red Bulls 0Subaru Park (Chester, PA)Saturday, November 20, 2021

TODAY’S MATCH INFO

Referee: Fotis Bazakos
Assistant Referees: Frank Anderson, Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho
Fourth Official: Rubiel Vazquez
VAR: Geoff Gamble
Ast. VAR: Andrew Bigelow
Weather: 46 degrees and mostly sunny

GOALS/ASSISTS

PHI – Jakob Glesnes (unassisted) 120+3’

DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY
NYRB – Dru Yearwood (caution) 15’
NYRB – Andrew Gutman (caution) 51’
NYRB – Thomas Edwards (caution) 52’
PHI – Jose Martinez (caution) 74’
NYRB – Andres Reyes (caution) 79’

LINEUP

Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Kai Wagner, Jakob Glesnes, Jack Elliott, Alvas Powell; Jose Martinez, Leon Flach (Jack McGlynn 86’), Alejandro Bedoya (Jesus Bueno 110’); Paxten Aaronson (Sergio Santos 61’), Daniel Gazdag; Kacper Przybylko (Cory Burke 86’).

Substitutes not used: Matt Freese, Stuart Findlay, Nathan Harriel, Quinn Sullivan, Ilsinho.

New York Red Bulls: Carlos Coronel; Sean Nealis, Andres Reyes (John Tolkin 90’), Thomas Edwards; Andrew Gutman, Sean Davis, Dru Yearwood (Youba Diarra 115’), Kyle Duncan; Omir Fernandez (Caden Clark 73’) (Daniel Royer 116’), Cristian Casseres; Fabio (Patryk Klimala 58’).

Substitutes not used: Ryan Meara, Wikelman Carmona, Lucas Monzon, Frankie Amaya.

Team Notes

  • Jakob Glesnes scored the first goal of the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs. The second half extra time stoppage time goal is the latest game winner in Union history (120+3’), and also the latest goal in club history. It is his first career playoff goal.
  • Andre Blake recorded one save in the clean sheet victory. It is his first career playoff clean sheet.
  • Leon Flach, Daniel Gazdag and Paxten Aaronson earned their first starts in postseason play.  
  • Jack McGlynn and Jesus Bueno made their first postseason appearance.
  • Aaronson became the fifth homegrown player in club history to start an Audi MLS Cup Playoffs match, joining Brenden Aaronson, Mark McKenzie, Auston Trusty and Jack McInerney.
  • Team Captain Alejandro Bedoya made his sixth start for the Boys in Blue in the postseason. The midfielder has scored two goals in those five previous starts including one against the Red Bulls in 2019.