Philadelphia Union fell to New York Red Bulls 2-0 in front of a crowd of 17,720 at Talen Energy Stadium on Sunday evening. The loss drops Philadelphia’s record to 4-7-4 in 2017. The Union are back in action next Saturday when they host D.C. United. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.
The Union saw a great opportunity in the 22nd minute thanks to the hustle of Chris Pontius. The veteran was able to win a 1 v 1 battle in the box and found possession of the ball in front of Red Bull goalkeeper Luis Robles.
Pontius settled the ball on his right and sent an attempt that seemed destined for the back of the net. Robles was able to dive and deflect the shot just wide, keeping the match scoreless. Despite opportunities the match was scoreless after the first 45.
The match completely changed in the 53rd minute after Derrick Jones was shown a red card. Jones went in for a challenge on Red Bull midfielder Felipe and went over the ball and in the ref’s judgement got a piece of Felipe studs up. The red card left Philadelphia down a man for over 40 minutes.
Philadelphia did everything in their power to keep New York off the scoresheet while playing with 10 men. The Union defense held strong until the 87th minute when the numbers game played a factor. Gonzalo Veron sent a pass to Kemar Lawrence in the box, who then found Bradley Wright-Phillips.
The Red Bull striker was able to send his shot past the 2016 MLS goalkeeper of the Year Andre Blake to give New York the 1-0 lead. Wright-Phillips earned his second goal of the night in stoppage time after a nice pass in the box found his right foot. Wright-Phillips was able to connect and give Red Bull the 2-0 victory.
The Union will return to the pitch next Saturday when they take on Eastern Conference rival D.C. United at Talen Energy Stadium on America Night. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. and will be televised on 6abc.