The Philadelphia Union, down 2-0 at halftime, decided to play like the top team in the Eastern Conference. When the final whistle had blown, they extended their lead atop the table with a furious comeback led by Ilsinho’s brace, providing both the equalizing and winning goals to set Talen Energy Stadium alight.
Kaku and Brian White struck in the first half to put the Red Bulls in front, with Philadelphia’s defense asleep at the wheel and the attack sputtering mightily aside from Sergio Santos’s shot off the crossbar early on. Even goalkeeper Andre Blake was to blame as he hesitated to allow White in for the Red Bulls’ second.
After halftime, the Union strike force went into overdrive as the home side finished the match with 17 shots, including seven on target. On the hour mark Jamiro Montiero pulled one back for the hosts on a goal that was nearly identical to Kaku’s opener, assisted by substitute Ilsinho, a foreshadow of things to come.
Philadelphia’s second was all Ilsinho just a minute later, cutting in from the right flank and skipping straight between two Red Bulls defenders before unleashing a knuckler with the outside of his foot. That brought Philadelphia back level with two goals in two minutes, and it wouldn’t be long before the hosts were in front.
11 minutes later, Ilsinho again cut in from the right with an identical weaving run, and this time he fed a cutting Bedoya who flared towards the end line. The U.S. international looked to chip a cross into the danger area, and a sliding Sean Nealis left his trailing arm in the air which the ball found. Ilsinho was on hand to bury the spot-kick and give Philly the lead with 18 minutes remaining.
The win left the Union four points in front of the pack in the Eastern Conference with 31 points from 17 games, while New York sat in fifth with 24 points out of 16 matches.