REPORT | Philadelphia Union 1-1 New York RB
Philadelphia Union could not make use of their man advantage as New York RB came away with a hard-fought point in the 1-1 draw at Subaru Park.
Daniel Gazdag gave the Union the lead just after half-time as he lofted his shot above Carlos Coronel. Dylan Nealis was sent off for a second bookable offence, but the Union could not take advantage of the extra man as Luquinhas' emphatic strike brought the team's level.
Julian Carranza thought he had won the game in the final ten minutes as he was first to the rebound of Cory Burke's header. However, he was in an offside position when Burke made contact with the ball.
Jim Curtin made one change to the team that drew in LA for the team's last MLS fixture. Sergio Santos came in to replace Cory Burke, who dropped to the bench. Mikael Uhre remained out of the matchday squad.
The Union were unlucky to not capitalise on a mistake from Carlos Coronel in the New York goal in the 23rd minute. Kai Wagner's corner was spilt by the goalkeeper, who then just beat Jakob Glesnes to push away the second ball. It fell to Santos, who tried to be smart with his finish. However, his attempted chip went wide of the target.
Glesnes forced Carlos into a save in the 35th minute after a last-ditch header denied Julian Carranza at the back post. Wagner's cross was an accurate one, which was curling towards the back post with Carranza lying in wait, but a New York defender came in to provide a last-ditch header for a corner. From the resulting set-piece, Glesnes met the ball at the front post as he headed across the goal. However, Carlos managed to catch the ball as he stretched to claim it.
Patryk Klimala forced Andre Blake into a save following a snapshot. The ball was headed down towards the forward, and he shot first-time at Blake's near post. The Jamaican goalkeeper reacted quickly- as he got down to palm it away.
HALF-TIME: Philadelphia Union 0-0 New York RB
Shortly after half-time, Daniel Gazdag gave the Union the lead with his sixth goal of the season. He played a quick one-two with Santos, which opened up space for the midfielder to latch onto the ball inside the box. He shot first time as he lifted the ball above Carlos and into the back of the net.
In the 55th minute, Dylan Nealis was sent off following a second yellow card. The offence came after he stepped on the back of Santos' heel after the ball had already been played away. The referee allowed the game to continue but came back to give the defender his marching orders.
The game sparked into life following the red card, and the Union had three great opportunities to double their lead before the hour. The first came from Ale Bedoya as the Union tried to take advantage of the extra men on the counter-attack. The attempted through ball for Santos fell to the Union skipper, who struck it first time. However, his effort across the goal went wide of the post.
Carranza had a huge opportunity to double the lead just moments later. Santos managed to get in behind the New York defence before rounding Carlos. He opted to square the ball to Carranza, who directed it goalward, but it was blocked on the line by a New York defender. The second ball came out, but the attempt to drive it towards the goal was cleared before reaching Carranza.
In the 66th minute, Luquinhas brought New York level with an emphatic finish. Cameron Harper's pass into the box took a fortunate bounce for Luquinhas as it allowed the forward to blast it first-time into the top corner, giving Blake no chance of making the save.
In the 81st minute, Carranza thought he had headed the Union back in front. Wagner's cross into the box was met by Cory Burke, who headed the ball down towards the goal. Carlos got across to make a good save, but Carranza was the first man there at the back post to head home. However, following a VAR check, the Argentinian was in an offside position when the initial header was made, so it was ruled out for offside.
In stoppage time, Burke had a big chance to win it for Philadelphia. He managed to get beyond his defender, but his shot was straight at the oncoming Carlos.
FULL-TIME: Philadelphia Union 1-1 New York RB
Philadelphia Union: Blake, Harriel (Mbaizo 83'), Glesnes, Elliott, Wagner, Martinez, Bedoya, Flach (McGlynn 70'), Gazdag, Carranza, Santos (Burke 70')
Unused Substitutes: Freese, Real, Findlay, Bueno, Aaronson, Sullivan
New York RB: Carlos, Edwards, Nealis, Nealis, Tolkin, Amaya, Yearwood, Fernandez (Edelman 70'), Barlow (Ryan 90'), Luquinhas (Pendant 87'), Klimala (Harper 46')
Unused Substitutes: Meara, Castellano, Long