The Philadelphia Union’s habit of throwing leads is exacerbated against the 10-man New York Red Bulls.

The two teams with intertwined fates met on Saturday in Chester for a place in the Eastern Conference first place. The New York Red Bulls played 35 minutes of the game with only 10 men, but were able to retrieve a goal for a 1-1 draw. Thanks to a goal from Daniel Gazdag and a second yellow from Dylan Nealis in the 55th minute, Union manager Jim Curtin will see Luquinhos’ equalizer as another two-point drop for the team after a five-game draw.

Whether these two teams were rivals is debatable, but their showdown at the Box Subaru certainly felt like a rivalry match. As the game tightened, slogans rang out throughout the stadium, and tackles flew in throughout the game, injuring the Red Bulls. It’s because Dylan Neales fouled Sergio Santos and packed up his Achilles heel. With both teams receiving 8 yellow cards and adding up to 25 fouls, it seemed like a matter of time for someone to open the door.

If the ending was disappointing, Gazdag’s Union opener showed exactly the way this team wants to play football. Gazdag took advantage of the missed clearance from the Red Bull defender to give the ball to Santos and point where he wants the ball to be replayed after beating the man in the box. Santos played perfectly and took a 1-0 lead.

However, Union is good at being ahead in the game, but the team didn’t seem to have a killer instinct, so he didn’t hold the lead very well. This match is the 5th consecutive league defeat that Union has recorded 4 draws and 4 losses.

Former Union target Luquinhas was the equalizer on Saturday night, which shows just how intertwined these two teams are.

After a foul on Jose Martinez that would make him out of play against Inter Miami on Wednesday, the Union defense was scattered enough to concede goals. Union had United’s advantage, but failed to score, primarily due to the absence of forward Mikael Uhre. The Danish striker was signed as the man in the box to provide the finishing touch after winning the Golden Boot in the Danish first division last year.

However, he had a poor start to his Union career as he missed time with multiple injuries in the same quad. He made only six appearances and scored one goal while assisting another. He is recovering, but this game came too soon for him to return to the field. If he can roll, the sky is the limit of this team because they are doing the right thing. Aiming for 17 and 6 shots is fine, but lacks the quality needed when Santos can’t play 90 minutes. he himself.

Another area of ​​frustration is Nathan Harriel. The 21-year-old has excelled at stretching since taking over Oliver Mbiazo’s right-back. Early in the match he won the union corner by sheer determination. Red Bull’s John Tolkien will face off. However, the union system is built on a full back, giving you the opportunity to cross over a wide area. Harriel’s opponent Kai Wagner has shown both teams to be the most dangerous player on the pitch, scoring four key passes.

Harriel seems unsure of his crossing. He attempted only two crosses in the game before being replaced by Mbiazo and made only 62% of his passes. Alejandro Bedoya and Leon Flach are more focused on off-ball runs to make room, and Curtin needs to either get help from Harriel or push him to trust his right foot more. He’s a starter because he got the role, but he has to grow as a thing to keep it that way.

This is a close and close Philadelphia Union team that wants to compete for the Supporters Shield and MLS Cup. But they’ll have to keep fiddling around to get ahead of their competitors. Before the game, Red Bulls manager Gerhard Struber said, “I always like to play against Philadelphia. We don’t always succeed against Philadelphia, but let’s play against Philadelphia to grow and develop in a good way. one or two steps ahead [Red Bulls] Their group stays together longer.”

Under the circumstances, Struber was right. It’s hard for him to say that Union doesn’t deserve all three points. As the Red Bulls counterattack, scoring goals and knocking people down isn’t often a position to get.

On the positive side of Philadelphia, things are going well as Union have played three games in a row with the playoffs since last season and haven’t lost a single game. But by the time the scores come out, fans will start to get frustrated. Next up is their home match against Inter Miami, a must-win game as they can now get this match early in the season if the Union wants to make their ambitions come true. They are still at the top of the East on points with CF Montreal and Orlando City, but it won’t be long unless the draw starts to turn into a win soon.

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