Jonesy’s red card
Derrick Jones was shown a straight red card in the 53rd minute of the match for tackling Red Bull midfielder Felipe. The Union were forced to play with 10 men in the rest of the match. Head Coach Jim Curtin said the red card was rushed, and could have possibly been a yellow instead, but the Union had to move on quickly.
“Derrick does tackle over the ball, but he doesn’t really touch Felipe,” Curtin said. “You can get into all different kinds of arguments over the call. I think it got written down as violent conduct instead of his studs showing, it’s all semantics. You can’t really make a tackle in the soccer game without your studs showing so I think it was a poor choice of words. I think it was a little bit rushed, I don’t think it was warranted a red card, maybe yellow. He made a quick choice and we have to live with it.”
Red card forces Union to make game changes
With Jones removed from the game and the Union played down a man, Curtin's hand was forced to adapt to the red card. In the 55th minute, Curtin subbed in Warren Creavalle for Ilsinho to play a move defensive game. The Union defense held strong, but eventually Bradley Wright-Phillips broke through for Red Bulls in the 87th minute, giving them the 1-0 lead. Immediately following the goal, Curtin put Jay Simpson in for Raymon Gaddis in to play more offensively, hoping to find an equalizer. Unfortunately, the Union couldn't find the back of the net, but Curtin wasn't discouraged by the outing.
"Red cards change games and I thought that the guys played hard and were difficult to break down," Curtin said. "The second half of this game is a tough one to judge our attack on, just because we're absorbing and taking on the pressure. I don't think creating chances is a problem for us right now, I think we do create enough in the sport. Executing on set plays we can do a lot better, I thought today was a little off in that regard."