The Philadelphia Union traveled up the turnpike Sunday night to face off against the New York Red Bulls, in what would be a 3-0 victory for the Union. It was the Red Bulls first game since the release of former head coach Chris Armas, their first with Bradley Carnell filling in for the interim. Brenden Aaronson, Kacper Przybylko and Matthew Real each scored for Philadelphia, while the New York finished the game without a shot on goal.
Young prospect Aaronson opened up the scoring in the 36th minute. The 19 year old midfielder received a centering pass from Alejandro Bedoya, who picked out the wide open from the right flank. Aaronson took one forward touch and fired a scorching right footed curler past the outstretched hands of keeper Ryan Meara.
The Red Bulls maintained a majority of the possession, finishing the game with 55% of the ball. But the creative spark was obviously missing and could not test Andrew Blake’s goal. He finished the game with his fourth shutout in ten games and the 34th of his career.
Przybylko put the Union up 2-0 in the 68th minute. Aaronson started off the attacking move with a pass to a streaking Bedoya from the right flank. Bedoya laid a perfect through ball to Andrew Wooten, who in turned crossed it back to Przybylko from 5 yards out and smashed it into the back of the net.
Ten minutes later, Matthew Real put the cherry on the sundae with the third goal of the game, his first of the season. Taking/advantage of a Red Bulls turnover in their own half, Ilsinho found Real’s unmarked run and fed him the ball perfectly on the left side of the box. Real in turn smashed home a left footed effort past Meara and put an exclamation point on a dominating away performance by Philadelphia.
The Red Bulls have now only scored seven goals in their last ten games. They have one win in their last seven outings. They will need to forget this game quickly and get ready for a trip to the nation’s capital next Saturday for a matchup against DC United.
Edited by Nick Sbordone