Red Bulls sneak by Philadelphia, 2-1

Posted on 24 April 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

Stop me if you’ve heard this storyline before. The New York Red Bulls underperformed in front of a lackluster-sized crowd at Red Bull Arena, then prevailed 2-1 in a game they really had no business winning. Juan Pablo Angel converted a penalty kick in the second half to break the tie. That’s what happened in the team’s last match against FC Dallas. It’s also what took place today against Philadelphia Union.

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Angel, Ibrahim and Lindpere celebrate the team's second goal ©Scott Marsh/ASN

There were a few key differences between the two events, however. It was the Red Bulls who scored first against Philadelphia, all goals came in the second half and the team was never really outplayed for stretches of time the way they were against Dallas. Also, today was not a cold night against an opponent nobody really cares about, but a beautiful afternoon against the Philadelphia Union who are widely expected to compete with DC United as the Red Bulls’ primary rival.

By and large there was none of the chippiness expected of the encounter. There were no red cards–a first for the Union in an away match–and just one yellow card, to Mike Petke in the 70th minute.

“Normally in a derby game it’s the first 30 minutes: a lot of freekicks, tackles, battle and then the game settles down,” said Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe in the postgame press conference (which can be listened to in its entirety here). “But it was a rather quiet game, in a way.”

New York defender Tim Ream offered an at least partial explanation. “Having two reds in the first three games got them a little on their heels,” he said of the Philadelphia Union.

The Union were far better organized (and disciplined) than either of their first two away games. In the end they were unlucky to come away with no points from the encounter. The deciding goal came after a handball in the box by Michael Orozco, eight minutes after Sebastien Le Toux answered Salou Ibrahim’s first goal as a Red Bull. The Union’s second half substitute Jack McInerney had a golden opportunity for a second equalizer but headed a pinpoint cross from Alejandro Moreno wide.

Much more to follow from this match, including player ratings. In the meantime vote for man in the match in the poll below:

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If you have an idea for a different nominee you may supply that in the comment area, but really, you’ll have to make a pretty compelling case.

Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 2, Philadelphia Union 1
April 24, 2010 – Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

Scoring Summary:
NY: Salou Ibrahim 1 (Jeremy Hall 1) 50’
PHI: Sebastien Le Toux 4 (Alejandro Moreno 3) 59’
NY: Juan Pablo Angel 3 (penalty kick) 67’

Disciplinary Summary:
NY: Mike Petke (caution) 70’


New York Red Bulls (4-1-0) – Bouna Coundoul (GK), Roy Miller (Danleigh Borman 67), Tim Ream, Mike Petke, Jeremy Hall, Brian Nielsen (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 67’), Joel Lindpere, Carl Robinson, Dane Richards, Juan Pablo Angel, Salou Ibrahim (Seth Stammler 74’)

Substitutes Not Used: Greg Sutton, Andrew Boyens, Conor Chinn, Tony Tchani

Philadelphia Union (1-3-0) – Chris Seitz, Cristian Arrieta, Shea Salinas, Michael Orozco, Jordan Harvey (Jack McInerney 78’), Stefani Miglioranzi, Fred, Roger Torres (Nick Zimmerman 46’), Andrew Jacobson (Danny Mwanga 59’), Sebastien Le Toux, Alejandro Moreno

Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Amobi Okugo, Toni Stahl, Kyle Nakazawa

Referee: Kevin Stott
Referee’s Assistants: Kermit Quisenberry, Peter Balciunas
4th Referee: Mark Geiger
Attendance: 15,619

15 Comments For This Post

  1. Mark Nealon Says:

    Ream not even an option for MOTM?!?

  2. ASN Editorial Says:

    I really don't feel he deserved it today.

  3. whoshotsam Says:

    Game they had no business winning? Thought they did more than Philly to be honest. They certainly didn't deserve to lose.

  4. dfeuerstein Says:

    You forgot to mention that you Jinxed RBNY to conceed a goal when you Tweeted during the match after the Ibrahim Tally.

    From rbnyASN's Twitter (Ok so now Philadelphia need to attack, which they have now showed much aptitude for so far. But let's see) If that's not begging for Philly to pull one back, I don't know what it.

  5. Matthew Brotman Says:

    On the attendance:

    Remember, last year the average was around 10K. New building or no, I'm not sure why anyone expected the crowd to double overnight.

    Considering the game was neither a season opener nor included any players named “Beckham”, 15K is a darn good crowd.

    Would I like to see a full stadium? Sure. But let's be realistic here.

  6. Erik V Says:

    Come on now. They had no business winning? Really?? You forgot about last year?? Yes they are not playing a perfect game yet but 12 points is better than any one could have dreamed of.
    No mention of Nielsen? This guy is for real. He is going to make this team better for sure.
    I think some bloggers need to take a step back and look at RBNY with a bit more realism. They were the worst team in MLS last year. They rebuild the front office from scratch and put in a new Coaching staff. This in any league in the world means the first year is going to be a rebuilding year which means any points are welcome how they get it is not important. We as fans should be happy they were able to turn stuff around in such a short amount of time. You loose the first three games (which was not unlikely) and you would have had Dallas sized crowds. Most new Stadiums in MLS are not bigger than 20,000 people not sure what the league average attendance is but its around what the crowd was yesterday. I am happy RBNY build a bigger stadium showing ambition but that does not mean you can expect it to fill up from the start, again some realism would be nice here.
    Any way I am excited about this season and looking forward to the rest of the season. Hope you can give the team a bit more time before you give up on them.

  7. ASN Editorial Says:

    Right, I'm sure the Philly players were made immediately aware of this and used it as motivation in getting the tying goal. Actually if you look carefully on the reply you can see Le Toux making a gesture toward my part of the press box.

  8. ASN Editorial Says:

    Nobody's giving up on the team. Agreed on Nielsen and addressed his contributions in the player ratings (shameless plug). But there isn't really any rebuilding in MLS, at least not in the traditional sense. Backe and Soler deserve a lot of credit for getting the team where it is but at least three of the four victories could have gone either way. A lot of the play was very sloppy and the Red Bulls had few ideas in attack. If it hadn't been for Orozco bailing them out with that boneheaded handball we'd all be singing a different tune.

    As for the crowd: This is the largest soccer market in the country. It has a gleaming new stadium which is closer to Manhattan than Citi Field and easily accessible via public transport. This was a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in April with a team widely touted as the Red Bulls' next archrival in town. The Yankees were out west and there wasn't much else in the way of competition (the NFL draft was in the later rounds at this point). So yes, I'm disappointed in the 15K showing. Especially after we had mid-20s against Santos and Chicago.

  9. Sasha Says:

    Minor point, but Red Bull Arena and Citi Field are pretty similar distances from Manhattan; RBA is obviously closer to Lower Manhattan, most of Brooklyn, and even parts of Upper Manhattan by train, but Citi Field is closer to midtown and the Bronx by train. Again the differences are minor, about 10 minutes on either side, so they're pretty similar overall.

    I was at the game yesterday and I thought the crowd was very, very good. Loud when it needed to be, very involved in the game, etc.. The fans behind me in 218, next to the Philly fans, got into singing/chanting battles with them. Whenever the Union fans would start their “Phil-a-del-phia”, the NY fans would reply “Lets-Go-Red-Bulls” in the same manner. It was great to hear.

  10. ASN Editorial Says:

    don't get me wrong, I thought the crowd that did show up was awesome. In fact, I think they played a significant role in the team's victory (see the latest edition of “the Good, the Bad, the Red, the Dead”. Yes that was a shameless plug). I'm just disappointed that the larger population of sports fans in the region stayed away.

  11. Homebrew4U Says:

    I, too, was disappointed by the attendance; I'd been anticipating 17k-18k. However, a little perspective might be in order. Last season, we had an April home match against D.C. United–a very good measure of comparison; same time of year, and a bigger, established rival. Attendance: 10,303. I feel like our rejuvenated enthusiasm for the team and the Arena might be warping expectations a little.

  12. Homebrew4U Says:

    I, too, was disappointed by the attendance; I'd been anticipating 17k-18k. However, a little perspective might be in order. Last season, we had an April home match against D.C. United–a very good measure of comparison; same time of year, and a bigger, established rival. Attendance: 10,303. I feel like our rejuvenated enthusiasm for the team and the Arena might be warping expectations a little.

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