It’s the last match of the regular season, and the Philadelphia Union host the New York Red Bulls. While that would normally light a fire in the bellies of the players and fans, this time it seems like more of an afterthought. There’s so many other things happening for both teams.
The Red Bulls have clinched the Eastern Conference and a first-round bye in the playoffs. The only things they have to play for is ensuring Bradley Wright-Phillips stays on top of the Golden Boot race (he currently leads New York City FC’s David Villa by a goal) and possibly destroying the playoff dreams for the Union.
While the Union are all but assured a playoff spot, they are not 100% assured. If they lose and the New England Revolution win and can make up a 12 goal differential, it would be a sixth straight year the Union would miss the playoffs. While this is an unlikely scenario, I’m not about to be the one who jinxes it. No buddy.
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