Red Bulls late penalty forces draw with Union

This was the third straight match against Eastern Conference Rivals as the Red Bulls traveled down the NJ Turnpike to face the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park. The match was delayed for an hour due to a torrential rain storm that hit the area, but with that time to allow the system to leave the game was ready to be played.

The Red Bulls got on the board first when they were awarded with a penalty inside the Philadelphia area, Peguy Luyindula was held back from the loose the ball by Ethan White. Yes Luyindula went down with ease, but it’s still a penalty as White did grab him preventing him from going after the loose ball. He calmly converted the spot kick in the 37th minute for the early lead.

But three minutes later Thierry Henry was able to double the lead from distance. A nice cross from Chris Duvall from the near side finds Henry at the edge of the area and as he teed it up, the surface still a bit slick from the rain as the ball skips off of Union goalie Zac MacMath and into the back of the net. Two milestones happened on that play as Henry’s ninth of the season was his 50th career MLS goal while Chris Duvall earned his first career assist.

But a quick response by the Union happened in the 41st minute when Pedro Riberio blocked a clearance from Jamison Olave and deflected the ball into the net to pull one back, but the Red Bulls still led the game by a goal. Inside second half stoppage time the Union got their call for a penalty and it looked like Ibrahim Sekagya took down Riberio but closer look was shown that the Union player kicked up his feet and went down easy.

Sebastien LeToux took the penalty and converted to the far post while Luis Robles dove to the near post, so at the end of the match the Red Bulls still took home a point and after the last two games they took seven out of nine. Robles played a great game as well and made some spectacular point blank saves to keep the lead as the Union continued to knock the door down for an equalizer.

Obviously you would love to see the Red Bulls take nine out of nine, but this is nothing to get sore about as you saw the club starting to get tired and break down a bit. But still there is a CONCACAF Champions League game coming up next in Montreal and then a home game against Seattle as the month of September continues to get more grueling.

Author: Daniel Feuestein

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