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New York Red Bulls
NY
Final
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Philadelphia Union
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Wednesday, April 16, 20147:30 PM
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Match Summary

GOALS AND ASSISTS

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TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 80'PHISebastien Le Toux 
 67'NYLloyd Sam
  • Eric Alexander
 57'NYThierry Henry
  • Roy Miller
  • Eric Alexander
DISCIPLINARY

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TimeClubPlayerReason
 89'NY Thierry HenryFoul
 82'NY Jamison OlaveFoul
 78'NY Ibrahim SekagyaHandling on the line
 17'PHI FabinhoFoul
SUBSTITUTIONS

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 90'+4'NY
Jonathan Steele (M)
Thierry Henry (F)
 80'NY
Armando (M)
Bradley Wright-Phillips (F)
 76'PHI
Michael Lahoud (M)
Leonardo Fernandes (M)
 76'PHI
Antoine Hoppenot (F)
Cristián Maidana (M)
 66'PHI
Conor Casey (F)
Andrew Wenger (F)
 63'NY
Tim Cahill (M)
Péguy Luyindula (M)

Starting Formations

31Robles27Kimura4Olave32Sekagya7Miller10Sam11McCarty8Luyindula12Alexander99Wright-Phillips14HenryM175211618221918MacMath28Gaddis14Okugo12Wheeler33Fabinho21Edu5Nogueira22Fernandes11Le Toux10Maidana9WengerM6713254291RAA4

Lineups

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New York Red Bulls
31GLuis Robles
27DKosuke Kimura
4DJamison Olave
32DIbrahim Sekagya
7DRoy Miller
10MLloyd Sam
11MDax McCarty
8MPéguy Luyindula
12MEric Alexander
99FBradley Wright-Phillips
14FThierry Henry
Philadelphia Union
18GZac MacMath
28DRaymon Gaddis
14DAmobi Okugo
12DAaron Wheeler
33DFabinho
21MMaurice Edu
5MVincent Nogueira
22MLeonardo Fernandes
11MSebastien Le Toux
10MCristián Maidana
9FAndrew Wenger
Bench
17Tim Cahill
5Armando
21Ruben Bover Izquierdo
16Connor Lade
18Ryan Meara
22Jonathan Steele
19Eric Stevenson
 
6Conor Casey
7Brian Carroll
13Michael Lahoud
25Sheanon Williams
4Austin Berry
29Antoine Hoppenot
1Andre Blake
Managers
  Mike Petke
 
  John Hackworth
OFFICIALS

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RefereeRicardo Salazar  
Assistant RefereePeter Manikowski  
Assistant RefereeCraig Lowry  
Fourth OfficialJorge Gonzalez  
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
7:30 PM
Red Bull Arena
MLS LIVE,The Comcast Network,WACP-4,MSG+

HARRISON, N.J. – Just like in 2013, the New York Red Bulls snapped out of their winless funk to start the season by beating the Philadelphia Union.

The win did not come easy, though.

A 10-man Red Bulls team picked up its much-anticipated first victory of the season on Wednesday night with a 2-1 win over the Union at Red Bull Arena. New York were up 2-0 late, but a 78th-minute red card to Ibrahim Sekagya gave Philadelphia a penalty kick that brought them back into the game.

Sekagya was sent off for denial of a clear goalscoring opportunity by referee Ricardo Salazar. The Red Bulls center back dove to a block a shot from Maurice Edu after some chaos in the penalty area, but the ball smacked off Sekagya’s flailing arm and resulted in a penalty kick that was converted by Sébastien Le Toux.

New York, however, hung on and won their first match of the season to improve to 1-2-4. The Union, meanwhile, dropped to 1-2-4 with the loss.

The two sides played to a scoreless first half in which neither was sharp in the final third, but the second stanza was a different story.

Thierry Henry opened the scoring off a good passing sequence that ended with surprise starting left midfielder Eric Alexander feeding a streaking Roy Miller, who in turn squared a ball to an unmarked Henry. The goal was the Frenchman’s second of the season.

Bradley Wright-Phillips then looked to have made it 2-0 with a header in the 61st minute, but he was correctly whistled for offside on the play.

The next New York header stood, however.

Alexander dribbled towards the goal line in the 67th minute before clipping a ball to the backpost, where substitute Tim Cahill and Lloyd Sam both were lurking. Sam somehow beat Cahill, who made his return from a hamstring injury in the 62nd, to the ball and nodded home the eventual winner with a Cahill-esque effort.

The Red Bulls looked to be cruising to a win, but then came the red card to Sekagya. A fallen Jámison Olave cleared the ball into the path of Edu following a shot that smacked off the post, and that resulted in the penalty kick and red card for Sekagya.

New York endured some nervy moments in the end, but held on strong for the full three points as the Union couldn't get a good enough chance to level the score in the game's dying minutes.

The Union face a short turnaround as they return to action on Saturday with a home game against the Houston Dynamo, who will then head north to play the Red Bulls in their next game on April 23.

MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match

Rank Player What We Saw
1 Eric Alexander (NY) Was integral in setting up both of the Red Bulls' goals, and showed why he's been an underrated passer
2 Lloyd Sam (NY) Played his way into the game, and proved to be too much for the Union to handle in the second half, with a headed winner to cap it off
3 Cristian Maidana (PHI) If only his teammates had been able to finish chances, the Argentine may have drawn the headlines for his strong passing