Photo by Jason Schott
The Red Bulls had enough of losing these last two games including the US Open Cup Quarterfinals against the Philadelphia Union at Red Bull Arena as they had the majority of the statistics for them except for the scoreboard as the Union absorbed all the offensive pressure from the Red Bulls and hit them on the counter. A 2-0 loss in league play and then a late 2nd half stoppage time goal by Lloyd Sam to force extra time and then head for penalties as the Union edged the team from Harrison.
But this time the scene shifts to PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania as the Red Bulls were looking for revenge and got it with 3-1 win to pull one back in this series and all the action came in the second half and it all got started by the other brother Shaun Wright-Phillips as he subbed in for Sam in the 61st minute and everything fell into place.
Shaun earned a penalty in the Philadelphia area in the 65th minute and many thought it would be his brother Bradley to take the spot kick, but this time it was Sacha Kljestan who would take a turn and he smashed it down the middle in the 66th minute and finally the Red Bulls take a lead against their opponents down I-95. Even though Sebastien LeToux scored a monster equalizer in the 73rd minute, it would be the Wright-Phillips brothers that would team up for the go ahead goal one minute later.
A quick ball from the MLS All-Star Dax McCarty goes right to Shaun who makes Raymond Gaddis look silly as he danced and made some quick moves on the Union Right Back. Then a quick pass to brother Bradley and all he had to do was deflect and direct the ball past keeper John McCarthy for the lead again. This is why you hoped when Ali Curtis was going to sign some help during the Summer transfer window and a former Premier League player like Shaun Wright-Phillips accidentally landed in their laps and already has made dividends.
But the final nail in the Union's coffin came in second half stoppage time as the young Cameroonian striker Anatole Abang was on a break with Kljestan. A solid pass on a counter and as soon as Abang gets close to the area and sees McCarthy well off his line, it's a solid shot that gives Abang his fourth of the season and five in all competitions. With this big road win for the Red Bulls, it pushed them back to second place as the Columbus Crew lost to Orlando City in league play.
Unfortunately the Red Bulls will be without their centerback Damian Perrinelle again on a one game suspension in Montreal during mid-week as he got booked in the 51st minute and this time I will say that his foul on C.J. Sapong was a booking as many this season wasn't. So the hope is to have Ronald Zubar available or Karl Ouimette next to Matt Miazga on that backline.
But right now the club is about to make a trip to Que`bec province and take on the Montreal Impact who just received former Chelsea striker and former Ivory Coast international Didier Drogba as they will try to make a surge to the top side of the playoff line and get back into the Eastern Conference playoff race if it's not too late.