Philadelphia Union played a scoreless draw against New York Red Bulls Wednesday night in the Tampa Bay Rowdies’ Suncoast Invitational. A game that saw high intensity and physical play, both teams had chances on goal but were unable to find the back of the net.
The Red Bulls saw the majority of the attack during the physical first half that had six yellow cards with five of those going to Union players. Just before the half, Ilsinho received his second yellow card after a late tackle on Gideon Baah and the Union continued with 10 men. Sebastien Le Toux, Brian Caroll and Vincent Nogueira were also booked.
Despite playing a man down, the Union had the better opportunities in the second half. New signing Roland Alberg took a couple of free kicks late into the second half that looked to go in but just missed the goal.
John McCarthy made several vital saves to get his first shutout of the year. Now in his second season with the Union, the young keeper has had some strong games against the Red Bulls.
Despite historically playing strongly against the Red Bulls, to McCarthy it is just another game.
“I am happy to get another game under my belt and I proud of the guys for pulling out a tie in a tough situation,” said McCarthy. “We knew Red Bulls would be a tough opponent and would stick it to us, but I thought we created some good chances and had some good opportunities as well.”
The Union will play their final game of the tournament against Toronto FC on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 4 p.m. at Al Lang Stadium.
Philadelphia Union 0, New York Red Bulls 0
Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex
PHI – Sebastien Le Toux 28’ (yellow)
PHI— Ilsinho 29’ (yellow)
NY — Sacha Kljestan 32’ (yellow)
PHI — Brian Carroll 32’ (yellow)
PHI— Vincent Nogueira 34' (yellow)
PHI— Ilsinho 44’ (Red)
PHI— Roland Alberg 75’ (Yellow)
PHILADELPHIA UNION STARTING XI
John McCarthy, Fabinho (Taylor Washington 45'), Joshua Yaro, Ken Tribbett (Anderson 45'), Keegan Rosenberry (Ray Gaddis 61’); Vincent Nogueira (Warren Creavalle 45’), Brian Carroll © (Roland Alberg 45’), Chris Pontius (Walter Restrepo 45’), Ilsinho, Sebastien Le Toux (Leo Fernandes 45'); Fabian Herbers (C.J. Sapong 61’)
NEW YORK RED BULLS STARTING XI
Luis Robles, Roland Zubar (Karl Ouimette 45'), Sal Zizzo (Chris Duvall 60’), Gideon Baah (Carroll 60’), Kemar Lawrence (Conor Lade 45’), Felipe (Tyler Adams 60’), Dax McCarty (Davis 45’), Lloyd Sam (Bezecourt 60’), Sacha Kljestan, Gonzalo Veron (Bradley Wright Phillips 45’), Mike Grella (Anatole Abang 45’)