The New York Red Bulls let a great first half go to waste, laying a second half egg to the Philadelphia Union. The Gold Cup break could not come soon enough.
First half goals by Kaku, and Brian White were erased by Jamiro Monteiro and an Ilsinho brace, giving the home side a 3-2 come from behind victory.
In the 29th minute, Kaku opened the scoring. A long ball played out of the midfield found Kyle Duncan in stride. Duncan applied a delicate touch, centering the ball at the top of the box. Kaku made a late run from midfield, and finished far post. Kaku’s form continues to improve following his suspension, and he’s scored twice in the Red Bulls’ last three matches.
Brian White doubled the Red Bulls advantage just before halftime. In the 41st minute, Alex Muyl played a long ball forward targeting White. White held off Union defender Jack Elliot, and chipped the ball over goalkeeper Andre Blake. White reached the ball just before Blake closed it down, and his shot looped over the goalkeeper and dipped under the bar into the net.
The Union flipped the script in the second half with the introduction of Ilsinho. The second half sub beat Connor Lade on the dribble, and broke down the Red Bulls left flank. Ilsinho crossed the ball low, finding Jamiro Monteiro. Monteiro finished easily in the 60th minute. One minute later, Ilsinho used his dribbling skills to level the match. Just like that, the match was tied.
In the 72nd minute, the Union pulled ahead. Once again, Ilsinho put the ball in the net. Following a Sean Nealis handball in the box, the Union earned a penalty kick. Jamiro Monteiro took the penalty kick, and Luis Robles made a diving save. The ball popped out to Ilsinho, and the midfielder finished first time to give the Union the lead.
The Red Bulls dealt with additional adversity during the match. Already stretched thin on the backline, Amro Tarek left the match in the 48th minute due to injury. The Red Bulls are without Aaron Long, Michael Murillo, and Kemar Lawrence for international duty. Losing Tarek could prove problematic, especially with the Red Bulls US Open Cup match against the New England Revolution coming up Tuesday night.
The loss leaves the Red Bulls with a 7-6-3 record heading into the Gold Cup break. Following their Open Cup match on Tuesday, the Red Bulls are off until June 28th to take on the Chicago Fire.
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