(CHESTER, PA) In what could be a possible MLS Cup Playoff preview, the New York Red Bulls squeezed out a victory over the Philadelphia Union, 1-0 in front of 18,021 at Talen Energy Stadium.
Red Bulls beat Union for fourth straight win
The Union began to dictate terms early in the first half. The Red Bulls spent nearly the entire half defending and in some cases being pinned with the goal at their backs.
In addition, both Kemar Lawrence and Daniel Royer were left off the 18 due to knocks they picked up during training. Things got a little heated toward the end of the first half. Both teams converged in a near rugby-scrum in front of the Union Supporters’. The scrum ended with Ted Unkel reviewing the incident, however, no cards or ejections were given.
The Red Bulls offense continued to struggle in the second half, but began to wrest control of the match from a tired Union. Their hard work proved sufficient as a handball on a corner kick led to a penalty kick opportunity for the Red Bulls. VAR reviewed the incident and adjudged Alejandro Bedoya to have handled the ball. Andre Blake guessed wrong, and Kaku’s penalty kick hit the back of the net.
With the win, the Red Bulls move to 68 points. With Atlanta United winning their game earlier, the race for the Supporters Shield will come down to the final day of the regular season.
Man of the Match:
Tim Parker stood tall for the Red Bulls all afternoon. The big centerback led the team in interceptions and clearances.
Next Match: Red Bulls head home to face Orlando City FC for their final home game of the regular season. Kickoff is at 4:00 PM and will televised on (TBA)