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Game Thread: Philadelphia Union 1 vs New York Red Bulls 0, Final

Kacper Przybylko got the Union in front, Blake and the backline kept them in front.

Kacper Przybylko celebrates goal against the New York Red Bulls on August 25, 2020
Photo by Carl Gulbish

Game Updates

FINAL - Back to back shutouts for Blake. The entire backline needs to be given a standing O, as they also kept the ball out of the net a few times.

90+4’ - Handball called outside the box on Santos. One last set piece the U needs to defend here. KNOCKED OUT by Blake.

90+3’ - Free kick awared to the Red Bulls. Kacper gets a head on that ball and sends it out for a throw in.

90+1’ - We will have at least 4 minutes of extra time.

90’ - Kick played short and ends up to be a counter attack by New York. The attack lead to nothing. Union still up 1-0.

89’ - Union earn a free kick from top of the box on the left side. Set piece leads to a corner kick.

85’ - A diving Punch out by our anchor Andre Blake.

79’ - Santos so close to what would have been a goal of the week, he gets low and heads the ball wide.
Red Bull Sub: Omir Fernandez replaced by Marc Rzatkowski

78’ - After so many Union fowards decide to pass instead of shoot, the earn themselves a corner kick. They had two good looks in that series of passes.
Union Sub: Warren Creavalle replaces José Martínez

76’ - After a bad turnover Red Bulls have numbers heading toward the U. McKenzie gets a boot to keep the ball out of the net.

74’ - Corner is sent to the back side of the net and it gets sent into Bedoya.

73’ - Red Bulls once again threatening however the ball goes out for the a Red Bull Corner.
Union Sub: Glesnes comes off and is replaced by Jack Elliott, Ilsinho in for Aaronson .

71’ - The Backline lets the Red Bulls get lose in the penalty box. Blake comes off the line. Bulls take a shot by Glesnes makes the stop for the

68’ - Great ball sent over to Kacper from Aaronson, who tries to get a little fancy and sends it over the net. Union STILL only up by a goal, 1-0.

67’ - Missed Chance from Santos after he had a clear shot of the net. He sent it straight into the keeper.

59’ - Mistake by McKenzie on the giveaway gives the Red Bulls a chance, but Blake has the angle and makes the save. Union still up 1-0.

58’ - First change for Jim Curtin, Sergio Santos comes in for Wooten.

57’ - Counter attack for the Red Bulls leads to nothing.

56’ - Union going east to west as they move up the field leads to nothing.

52’ - Monteiro enters the refs book with a yellow for.... a very soft challenge is all I can really say about that play.

50’ - Red Bulls threatening here. However Aaronson comes into the top of the box to heads the ball out. Red Bulls fire it back on net, which was an easy save for Blake.

46’ - Second Half gets underway at 8:43.

Halftime Subs
Red Bull: Tom Barlow comes in for Brian White, Kaku for Jared Stroud

Halftime Stats
Philadelphia Union
Shots: 6
On Target: 3
Possesion: 56.4%
Fouls: 8
Yellow Card: 1

New York Red Bulls
Shots: 3
On Target: 1
Possesion: 43.7%
Fouls: 4
Yellow Card: 0

45+3’ - Ref blows the whistle. Halftime begins at 8:27

45+2’ - Meara with a big stop to keep the Union only up by 1. He quickly jumped on that second chance ball to make sure the U didn’t have another chance.

45’+ - We will have at least three minutes of stoppage play here in the first half.

45’ - Kick is sent to the back post but is cleared off the line thanks in part to Marc McKenzie. Union still up 1-0.

44’ - Gaddis returns to the pitch. But looks to still be dealing with some injury. Red Bulls have a corner kick.

41 - Gaddis is down. Play continues, it is now stopped with the trainers on the field looking at his ankle.

38’ - Red Bulls working hard to keep play in the U’s half of the field. Aaronson intercepts the ball and are now pushing the ball up the pitch.

36’ - Gaddis issued a Yellow Card.

31’ - Gaddis with a cross to Przybylko who sends it to the back of the net. Union up 1-0

25’ - Bedoya to Aaronson, who attempts to cross it on the ground into the box but it gets blocked. Union need to crack the puzzle of getting the ball into the box.

22’ - Union once again send the ball to the right side of the field. A space the Red Bulls keep leaving open as they crowd the middle part of the field.

18’ - Aaronson is all over the 18’ line. He is slow to get up after a slide tackle and is limping around. Looks to be shaking off the sting.

16’ - Great ball from Bedoya to Aaronson. Aaronson from inside the box shoots, but it gets deflected.

12’ - Union called for offsides.

4’ - Play is stopped. Bedoya got hit in the head by Parker. Both have been sent to the sidelines and will await the Refs signal to come back into play.

3’ - Union earn their second corner. Crossed into the box and was not an issue for Red Bulls goalkeeper, Ryan Meara.

2’ - Bedoya earns the Union their first corner of the night. Played it short.

1’ - We once again have Union soccer in Chester! Kickoff happened at 7:38.

Starting Lineup

Three changes: Kai Wagner is back in for Matt Real after recovering from injury; Andrew Wooten starts for Sergio Santos and Jakob Glesnes takes Jack Elliott’s spot on the back line.

Philadelphia Union:

New York Red Bulls:

Availability Report

Philadelphia Union:
Questionable – Kai Wagner (D) – Lower leg contusion
Questionable - Aurelien Collin (D) - leg pain

Red Bulls:
Team is at full strength, with no one hurt or suspended

Series Matchup

Union: 6 wins, 22 goals
Red Bulls: 6 wins, 22 goals
2 Draws


Referee: Rubiel Vazquez
Assistant Referees: Kathryn Nesbitt, Eric Weisbrod
Fourth Official: Adam Kilpatrick
Var: Malik Badawi

How to Watch

Where: Subaru Park– Chester, PA
When: 7:30 p.m., Thursday August 25
TV: PHL 17
Streaming: in market; ESPN+ out-of-market
Radio: Fox Sports The Gambler 1480 AM and 105.3 HD2
Audio Streaming: IHeart Radio App, Fox Sports The Gambler

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