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The union will spend the lead, male advantage in the match with Red Bulls – Daily Local

CHESTER – In terms of atmosphere and intensity, the match between the two teams that took first and second place in the Eastern Conference on Saturday, justified the score.

Football, not so much, although it became a given when the additional styles of Union and New York Red Bulls clashed.

Daniel Gazdag put Union ahead two minutes into the second half and they were ready to come out when Dylan Nilis received a second yellow card in the 55th. But Luquinas ’goal in the 65th minute brought the Red Bulls a 1-1 drop in points at Subaru Park on Saturday night.

Union forward Julian Caranza controls the ball during the first half of Saturday’s game against the New York Red Bulls. (Photo sent / courtesy of the Philadelphia Union)

In the 80th minute, “Union” celebrated the goal of Julian Carranza, but he was correctly recalled for offside.

Union (5-1-5, 20 points) have not won in their last five games (0-1-4). They took the lead in all five games.

“It’s awful,” said Captain Alejandro Bedoi. “The fact that we linked this game to Red Bull is kind of disgusting, at least for me. I think it’s a game we should win easily. “

Although the Union has not lost in eight consecutive meetings with the Red Bulls (5-0-3), including the playoffs. Eleven of the last 14 games between the teams have scored two goals or less.

“It seems like we have three points and the little breaks aren’t going right now,” manager Jim Curtin said. “I really believe that these guys, it’s not a lack of effort and work. They’ve worked so hard, they’re working tirelessly, they’ve put a lot into the game, they’re frustrated like no one else. We feel like we dropped two points tonight; I think we are all far from it. “

The result completes the Red Bulls series of five away games to start a season that equaled the MLS record.

If you were expecting beautiful football, then from the beginning you were in the wrong place. For the two teams, which followed the principles of modern, counter-pressing, transitional football, the first half looked insane at best, and at worst … like a battle of robots Rock ‘Em, Sock’ Em, with teams in red and blue legs instead of punching. .

“Union” revived the game in the 47th minute on a relatively clean – and rare – moment of football content. Gazdag won the second goal in the center of defense against the Red Bulls. He played a diagonal ball to Sergio Santos, who pushed it back to Gazdaga from the other side of the defense to hit the top 90. This is Gazda’s sixth goal of the season.

“It was a good ball for me,” Gazdag said. “It was easy to take the first touch. I saw that Sergio was next to me. I played him the ball and he knows me very well from the games we played together. And in one touch he gave it back to me and I scored a goal. “

The chaos unfolded a few minutes later. The skirmish began with a foul by Carranza, which led to some discussion after the whistle. Two yellow cards were dealt, and after restarting the game Dylan Nillis caught Santos high on his leg with pins for the second yellow card, earning his advice in the 55th march. The first yellow Nilis came on the 25th, for a foul on Carranza’s back in a tough first half.

Chaos only from there attacked the snow. The Union had two chances in an all-powerful skirmish in the 59th. Nathan Hariel’s shot was blocked, according to the Union, by a confused hand, but a repetition proved it wrong, and then Gazdag didn’t score. Santos started the move, as well as one minute earlier, which ended with Alejandro Bedoi hitting the goal.

The union is not the first time this season has been made to regret its wastefulness. A simple ball on the counter, scored by substitute Cameron Harper, played Luquinas into space, and the Brazilian was right.

Given the way the Red Bulls play (5-2-4, 19 points), dogmatic in their desire to almost never own the ball, a man who is in the fall suits them perfectly, even giving them more room to confront. They looked comfortable in defense, given that they and the Union entered as the joint most stingy team in the MLS by eight goals.

The only place they were sensitive were the pieces, and Carranza seemed to burn them there. Kai Wagner shot the second ball from the corner, and Carlos Caranel hit Corey Burke’s header. Carranza nodded at the rebound, but found himself offside when Burke scored with a header, so the goal was destroyed. Coronel also stopped Burke’s qualitative attempt deep in extra time, one of three saves for the former Union goalkeeper.

This has forced the Union to look back on how to change what has become a worrying trend.

“It’s bad,” Gazdag said. “This is not the first time. … Of course, we need to improve it. “

NOTES >> This is the fourth time Carranza and Santos have been in first place this season since the start, last time on April 2 with Charlotte in town. The third game in a row Mikael Ure missed the match in a match with ATVs. Santos was the only change from a side that played a 2-2 draw in Los Angeles last Saturday, following a series of changes following Tuesday’s mid-week defeat by Orlando City in the fourth round of the U.S. Open. … Jose Martinez received a yellow card after 65 minutes. He was disqualified on Wednesday against Inter Miami.

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