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Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls - A Derby Retrospective


A look back at the Turnpike Derby between the Philadelphia Union and New York Red Bulls over the years, match-by-match.

A quick look back at the regular season and US Open Cup matches held between the New York Red Bulls and the Philadelphia Union.

April 24, 2010:

The first meeting between the two clubs takes place in Harrison, New Jersey as the second-ever MLS match at Red Bull Arena. The Union lost 2-1 thanks to a handball in the box by Michael Orozco giving Juan Pablo Angel a shot from the penalty spot. Salou Ibrahim scored the first goal for Red Bulls, while Sebastien Le Toux scored the lone Union goal.

April 27, 2010:

The Union drew the Red Bulls in US Open Cup qualifying, and repeated the 2-1 scoreline in Harrison just three days after the first loss. Conor Chinn got both of New York's goals, while Sebastien Le Toux again scored the Union goal.

October 16, 2010:

The last home match of the Union's inaugural season saw them finally beat the Red Bulls 2-0. Fred and Michael Orozco scored the Union goals while Danleigh Borman got New York's consolation goal.

April 9, 2011:

Perhaps Roger Torres' finest moment in a Union shirt, he came on as a sub and immediately scored the winning goal, thrilling the home crowd at PPL Park.The Union's 1-0 win marks the last time the Union were even with New York in the series.

October 20, 2011:

Faryd Mondragon looked a bit more like Chris Seitz , as Dane Richards' shot hit off of the post then ricocheted into the net off of his back. One of Mondragon's only gaffes all season, it gave the Red Bulls all they needed as they won 1-0.

May 13, 2012:

The Mother's Day matchup saw the Union lose to the Red Bulls for the first time in Chester. Joel Lindpere, Markus Holgersson, and Kenny Cooper scored for New York, while Lionard Pajoy had a brace for Philadelphia in perhaps his finest moment in a Union shirt. The match will probably always be remembered though for Freddy Adu's second yellow card for his dive in the box. This 3-2 loss by the Union was a harbinger of the dismal season to come.

July 21, 2012:

Kenny Cooper's brace did in the listless Union, but this 2-0 Union loss in Harrison will probably be best remembered as Sebastien Le Toux played a full 90 against the Union in a Red Bulls shirt.

October 27, 2012:

Another derby, another Kenny Cooper brace for Red Bulls. Thierry Henry also scored one as the Union's worst season was finally put out of its misery with a 3-0 loss at PPL Park.

March 30, 2013:

The new season saw the Union do much better against the Red Bulls. Dax McCarty scored in the 55th minute for New York. Conor Casey got his first goal in a Union shirt as he drew the Union level just eight minutes later, but it would be Thierry Henry's goal in the 81st that would prove the game winner as the Red Bulls won 2-1 (the third such scoreline in favor of New York).

June 23, 2013:

The "Red Fedora Match" where busloads of Red Bull supporters took the trek down the Turnpike decked out in red hats and saw the Red Bulls absolutely dismantled by the Union. Conor Casey had a brace, Antoine Hoppenot scored an insurance goal, and Lloyd Sam took an early bath for a reckless challenge on Danny Cruz. The Union finally got one back against New York with the 3-0 win.

August 17, 2013:

The only scoreless draw in the series saw both Luis Robles and Zac MacMath keep clean sheets. Sebastien Le Toux smashed one off of the crossbar, but that's as close as anyone got to scoring as both defenses put on a show.

Overall Record:

New York leads the series 7 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie with one win being a US Open Cup fixture.

Goals Leaders:

Kenny Cooper - 5

Sebastien Le Toux - 3

Conor Casey - 3

Thierry Henry - 2

What was your favorite moment of the derby? Let us know and reminisce in the comments section below.

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