Philadelphia Union fell to New York Red Bulls today 4-3 in the team's first preseason scrimmage of 2018, where the club's battled in three, 45-minute matches.
The Union concluded its first session 0-0, but came back strong on the pitch in the second phase. After being fouled in the box by Red Bull goalkeeper Luis Robles, forward CJ Sapong was able to convert a penalty kick in the 18th minute to give the Union a 1-0 lead.
Red Bull then equalized in the 36th minute of play and concluded the second session tied at 1-1.
The match heated up in the third and final phase of the scrimmage with some back and forth play, starting with Red Bull taking the 2-1 lead in the 5th minute. Philadelphia was able to find the back of the net again in the 26th minute to tie up the match, but New York took the lead again three minutes later.
In the 35th minute, Union Academy product Brenden Aaronson tied the game with a shot from the top of the box and curled into the back of the net. Red Bull concluded the match with a goal in the 41st minute while the Union walked away with a 4-3 loss.
The Union will compete in their second scrimmage of preseason against University of South Florida on Tuesday, Feb. 6. The match will be open to the public, but will not be streamed.
Fans can come out and watch the Union in their first game of the regular season in a home opener against New England Revolution, presented by Oliver Heating and Cooling, on March 3. Tickets for the match can be found here.