Mike Petke’s New York Red Bulls had to play down to 10 men late but they were able to hold off John Hackworth’s Philadelphia Union at Red Bull Arena in Chester, Pa. With the victory, both the Union and Red Bulls are 1-2-4 (seven points, with the Union ahead on goal differential (-1 to -3). However, both sides will need to pile on the wins if they are to move up the ladder in the MLS Eastern Conference.
Here are six things we learned, as well as player ratings, from the match between the New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union.
1. Thierry Henry opens up the scoring
In the 57th minute, Thierry Henry added another goal to his totals after receiving a pass from Roy Miller. Eric Alexander also was involved in the sequence, which all took place on the left side, to give the Red Bulls a 1-0 lead.
2. Here comes Lloyd Sam
10 minutes later, Alexander was involved in another sequence and this time it was Lloyd Sam’s turn to get on the score sheet. Once again, this came from the left side, and the cross was headed in by Sam to make it 2-0 New York.
3. Ibrahim Sekagya sees red
In the 78th minute, things started to get dire for New York. Ibrahim Sekagya cleared a ball off a shot by Maurice Edu with his hand, forcing referee Ricardo Salazar to pull out a red card. That led…to this.
4. Sebastian Le Toux pulls one back
In the 80th minute, one of the Union’s most celebrated players, Sebastien Le Toux, pulled one back with a cool, calm and collected penalty. Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles guessed the right spot but didn’t get a hand on it.
5. Philadelphia have the edge in stats
The Union dominated a number of key match statistics, including open play crosses, duels won, passing accuracy, total passes and possession. But poor finishing in the first half, especially from Andrew Wenger, doomed the Union and by the time Le Toux made this a game, it was too little, too late.
|New York Red Bulls||Philadelphia Union|
|11||Attempts on Goal||12|
|5||Shots on Target||5|
|6||Shots off Target||5|
|16||Open Play Crosses||14|
|2||First Yellow Cards||1|
|0||Second Yellow Cards||0|
|46%||Duels Won %||53%|
|77%||Passing Accuracy %||83%|
6. Cristian Maidana impresses
One bright spot in the Union’s defeat was the play of midfielder Cristian Maidana. We’ll take a look at his stats in the player ratings, but we’ll give you a bit of a hint: his passing was solid.