On Wednesday night the Philadelphia Union tied the New Red Bulls 1-1 in a chippy match at Red Bull Arena. Forward Sergio Santos scored the lone goal for Philadelphia from a corner kick and the team traveled back home with a big road point.
Santos scored the goal off his thigh in the 17’ following a beautifully curled ball into the box from midfielder Jamiro Monteiro that bounced right into the Brazilian’s path. This was a big boost for the Union considering they have struggled to produce goals and even chances from corner kicks.
Red Bulls’ forward Omir Fernandez tied it up in the 37’ with a blast into the side netting of the goal. The defense was all out of sorts and gave him too much space to rip off the shot on goal that goalie Andre Blake was unable to reach despite the dive. New York and Philly both had some half chances for the remainder of the game but nothing to challenge goalkeepers Blake and former Union player Carlos Miguel Coronel.
The rivalry blood was certainly present in this game as there were 27 total fouls and six yellow cards issues between both teams. New York edged out Philly in shots and shots on goal with 13 and four respectively. The Boys in Blue had a slight advantage in possession and recorded five more corner kicks than the home side.
With this tie, Philadelphia extends their unbeaten streak to three games following their previous two home wins over Orlando City SC and Atlanta United FC. They will look to take care of business on Sunday at Subaru Park as they welcome the Columbus Crew into town.
Overall this was a very exciting matchup and Jim Curtin did a nice job of keeping things level once New York tied it up at one in the first half. This is something the team can definitely build upon and carry with pride heading into Sunday’s matchup.
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