MLS Snapshot: New York Red Bulls 0-2 Philadelphia Union

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One game in 100 words: The Philadelphia Union have turned their form around after breaking a four-match winless streak last week with stoppage-time winner over D.C. United. Now, they have seized another victory and three points. Philadelphia pounced on their opportunities early in the second half and scored within minutes of each other, while the New York Red Bulls showed continue to show their inability to fight back in the second half. They couldn’t correctly channel a sense of urgency for the remainder of the game as their attack staggered. New York, in third place, remains five points behind D.C., the Eastern Conference leader. The Union have advanced past the Chicago Fire into seventh place.

 

Goals

New York: None

Philadelphia: Vincent Nogueira 57′, C.J. Sapong 62′

 

Three moments that mattered

27’ — Felipe bangs post — Former Anderlecht man Sacha Kljestan with some space to operate on the left flank. He knocked a smooth pass to Felipe near the outskirts of the penalty area, and the Brazilian struck a well-intended shot that had goalkeeper Brian Sylvestere completely beat. Bad luck ensued when his right-footer clanged the post, the first of two off-the-iron efforts for the Red Bulls in the first half.

57’ — Nogueira’s crafty back heel opens scoring — Cristian Maidana had the opening inches outside the box to blast his left-footer, but the attempt, fired on the ground with decent pace, initially looked like it would curve out of bounds. Standing in front of the net, Vincent Nogueira kept his eyes open and didn’t let the chance go to waste, swiftly flicking his foot to redirect the try into the back of the net.

62’ — Sapong extends advantage — Red Bulls defender Karl Ouimette handed a turnover to Fabinho, who sped down the wing, executed a give-and-go with Maidana and then resumed his run until he barely got off a feed to C.J. Sapong inside the six-yard box for the easy tap-in goal. This goal proved to be the dagger for New York, occurring only five minutes following the Nogueira’s conversion.

 

Lineups

NY: Bradley Wright-Phillips; Luis Robles; Chris Duvall, Karl Ouimette, Roy Miller (Anatole Bertrand Abang 81’), Kemar Lawrence (Conor Lade 30’); Dax McCarty (Dane Richards 67’), Felipe, Lloyd Sam, Sacha Kljestan, Mike Grella

Philadelphia: Conor Casey (C.J. Sapong 54’); Brian Sylvestre; Sheanon Williams, Ethan White, Richie Marquez, Fabinho; Brian Carroll, Vincent Nogueira, Sebastien Le Toux (Eric Ayuk Mbu 90’+2’), Cristian Maidana, Andrew Wenger (Zach Pfeffer 74’)