The New York Red Bulls Fall 1-0 against the Philadelphia Union

Corey Burke dribbles the ball at Subaru Park against Atlanta United FC

The New York Red Bulls fall 1-0 against the Philadelphia Union. Cory Burke’s ninth minute goal for Philadelphia snapped New York’s two-game winning streak. Very little went the New York Red Bull’s favor and will also miss Dru Yearwood next week after receiving a red card.

RBNY Lineup (4-4-2 diamond): Carlos Coronel; Amro Tarek, Aaron Long, Sean Nealis, Kyle Duncan; Sean Davis (C), Cristian Casseres Jr., Frankie Amaya, Caden Clark; Fabio, Danny Royer

Philadelphia lineup (4-4-2 diamond): Andre Blake; Kai Wagner, Jack Elliot, Jakob Glesnes, Olivier Mbaizo; Anthony Fontana, Leon Flach, Alejandro Bedoya (C), Jamiro Monteiro; Sergio Santos, Cory Burke

New York Red Bulls Fall 1-0 at Subaru Park

First Half 

Union scored early inside nine minutes when off a goal kick, Monteiro would pick up the ball. The number 10 played in Burke who would slide his finish past Coronel from a narrow angle. It’s the Jamaican’s second goal in a week after scoring in last week’s 2-0 victory over the Chicago Fire.

Tarek, who replaced Andrew Gutman (knock in training), would be substituted in the 36-minute coming off the pitch hobbling. Tom Edwards would come in his place, making his team and MLS debut. The Englishman came via loan from Stoke City.

Philadelphia had the upper hand throughout the first 45 minutes, getting in a handful of shots on target. Red Bulls’ first half was quiet, summed up by not having a shot on goal themselves. Despite having five corner kicks, none made a dent or challenged Blake.

Second Half

Patryk Klimala also made his team and MLS debut, coming on for Royer to start the second half. The new number 10 for New York had a decent chance at equalizing but his effort ran across the face of goal without a toe poke. Frankie Amaya was also replaced by Omir Fernandez in the 54-minute.

Union seemed happy to let New York have more possession as they figured counter-attacking was the way to go. Sergio Santos was the main outlet out wide for Philadelphia. With 15 minutes to go, New York threw a double sub in the form of Dru Yearwood for Clark and Cameron Harper for Fabio. The Brazilian is still without a goal to his name despite grabbing four assists so far on the campaign.

Yearwood’s red card (second yellow) after shoving a Union player summed up the frustrations of everyone in a Red Bull uniform. Very little went in favor for Gerhard Struber’s men who will now have to pick themselves up as they head on the road next week against New England. According to InfoGol, the expected goals (xG) was PHI 0.95-0.87 RBNY – signifying a tight contest decided by slim margins.

Last Word on Philadelphia Union vs New York Red Bulls

Gutman’s absence was noticeable from the off as Tarek simply doesn’t provide the same attacking threat. John Tolkin, who made his debut last week in the 2-0 win against Toronto FC (the Red Bulls midfield shined against TFC), would’ve been a more natural solution. Duncan switched to left-back once Edwards came into the match, but didn’t provide much going forward.

Union showed more spring in their step regardless of only having three days rest after playing to a 1-1 draw against New England on Wednesday. It’s still early days after six games but this was a good showing for the Union, one that’ll give them confidence especially in defense. Keeping a clean sheet against the Red Bulls who had scored in every game so far this season will make Philadelphia head coach Jim Curtin smile.

Klimala provided an instant boost in the attack, so look for him to be in the starting lineup alongside Fabio or Brian White once he gains match fitness. The Red Bulls came into this game on a two-game winning streak, and lost to a more in-form team. Philadelphia are now unbeaten in their last four matches in all competitions. They are now tied for first in the Eastern Conference, two points above the Red Bulls. With everything that went on in this game, it’s still not a rivalry.

Red Bulls look to get back to winning ways as they take on the New England Revolution next Saturday, May 22 at 8 p.m. ET. Philadelphia take their talents to Washington for a fight with D.C. United next Sunday, May 23 at 7 p.m. ET.

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