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Saturday Morning Union Freekicks: Thursday Night's First Half Unanimously Awful

HARRISON, NJ - OCTOBER 20: Joel Lindpere #20 of the New York Red Bulls is pursued by Brian Carroll #7 of the Philadelphia Union at Red Bull Arena on October 20, 2011 in Harrison, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
HARRISON, NJ - OCTOBER 20: Joel Lindpere #20 of the New York Red Bulls is pursued by Brian Carroll #7 of the Philadelphia Union at Red Bull Arena on October 20, 2011 in Harrison, New Jersey. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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The Philly Soccer Page " Match Report: Union 0-1 Red Bulls
While that tally was enough to earn all three points, New York squandered a number of gilt-edged chances to put themselves out of reach, allowing the Union to stay in the match.

Well Then,…..That Was…..Yeah…..Not Good… " Unholy Union – The fan blog for Phi. Union

Last night’s match against New Jersey Pink Cows was an exercise in….I’m not exactly sure what.  It was frustrating, that’s for sure.

The Philly Soccer Page " Union at NY by the numbers

It was as poor a performance as we’ve seen from the Philadelphia Union this season against a New York team that, with rare exceptions, did not look at all good.

Union Not Wild About Loss To NY | SportsInq | 10/20/2011

HARRISON, NJ -- One team played like it needed a win, while the other played like, well it didn’t.

Stumbling Union select difficult playoff road

HARRISON, N.J. -- To say the Union limped into the 2011 MLS Cup Playoffs wouldn’t be accurate. After stumbling over a curious late-season tie to Toronto FC and stunning 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls on Thursday, the Union fell backwards into it.

Union's playoff seed in doubt after 1-0 loss at New York | The Goalkeeper | 10/20/2011

HARRISON, N.J. – Although the Union are guaranteed a spot in the MLS Cup Playoffs, their seed and the date of their first playoff game are very much up in the air after an ugly 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena.

Nowak: ‘I think the team needs to take charge right now’ | The Goalkeeper | 10/21/2011

NEW YORK – Here’s a transcript of Union manager Peter Nowak’s postgame press conference, plus some selected quotes from Red Bulls manager Hans Backe.

Union fall to Red Bulls, 1-0, on own goal | Philadelphia Inquirer | 10/21/2011

The New York Red Bulls, needing a win or draw to clinch a Major League Soccer playoff berth, defeated the Union, 1-0, on an own goal off keeper Faryd Mondragon in Thursday's regular-season finale for both teams in front of 25,044 at a sold-out Red Bull Arena.

Union falls, 1-0, to New York Red Bulls | Philadelphia Daily News | 10/21/2011

HARRISON, N.J. - The Union better hope the adage "defense wins championships" holds weight, because its offense still has many holes to fill as its quest for the MLS Cup gets under way next week.

Union hoping to avoid wild card | Philadelphia Inquirer | 10/22/2011

The Union will be scoreboard-watching this weekend, hoping to earn one of the top three spots in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference and avoid playing a wild-card game in the playoffs that begin Wednesday.

Union collapse, fall to Red Bulls in finale | CSN Philly

HARRISON, N.J. -- It was supposed to be a night to remember for the playoff-bound Union, who needed a simple result over the New York Red Bulls in their season finale to earn a crucial BYE and top-three seed in the Eastern Conference for the first round of the coveted post season.

Union's playoff bye may have slipped away -

HARRISON, N.J. — There was a moment — between his post-game bites of pepperoni pizza — when Carlos Valdes chose to ignore the 90 minutes that had preceded it.

Red Bulls 1 Union 0: We're In! ~ The Viper's Nest

An unlikely first half header from Dane Richards that hit a goalpost before ricocheting off Faryd Mongradon's back and into the Philadelphia Union goal was, in the end, all the New York Red Bulls needed on Thursday night to punch their ticket to the 2011 MLS postseason. 

A Win Against Philadelphia, 46 Points Carry New York Red Bulls Into MLS Playoffs - Once A Metro

Back in September, Manager Hans Backe predicted that the New York Red Bulls would need 45 points to punch their ticket for the MLS playoffs.  With a convincing 1-0 win on Thursday night against the Philadelphia Union, New York finished with 46 points and qualified for their second straight postseason. 

Union keep perspective after loss to Red Bulls | Philadelphia Union

HARRISON, NJ — The Union will be competing in the playoffs. They just don’t know where, when or whom the opponent will be.

Union lament annulled goal in defeat at New York | Philadelphia Union

HARRISON, N.J. – Is it possible that one whistle could push the Philadelphia Union from first place in the Eastern Conference down to a wild card spot when the regular season ends this weekend?

Union doomed by "naive" first half against Red Bulls | Philadelphia Union

HARRISON, N.J. – The tactical change was there, but the goal wasn’t.

Recap: Union fall 1-0 to RBNY, await playoff seeding | Philadelphia Union

HARRISON, NJ — The Philadelphia Union fell 1-0 to the New York Red Bulls on Thursday night, concluding their 2011 regular season with a 11-8-15 record.