Andre Blake (left) was a thorn in the Red Bulls’ side for most of the night. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
By Michael Lewis
HARRISON, N.J. — Five takeaways from the Red Bulls’ scoreless draw with the Philadelphia Union at Red Bull Arena Saturday night:
No BWP heroics this time
Not even the great Bradley Wright-Phillips could save New York as he had a goal called back due to an offside call in the 32nd minute after just missing hitting the left post in the 16th minute
Out of sync when it counted
The Red Bulls passed the ball well, but couldn’t find a way to finish in their attacking third. They were out of sync some of the time, were unlucky or was thwarted by Andre Blake.
Andre the giant
Blake wasn’t spectacular, but did the important things right when it counted. Just wondering why he still is in MLS and not playing somewhere across the pond. Ryan Meara, playing his second successive match for the injured Luis Robles, acquitted himself well.
CJ the midget
The penatly kick that CJ Sapong took in the 53rd minute was embarrassing, to say the least. Most of the crowd at RBA could have done the same thing, tapping the ball wide right while goalkeeper Ryan Meara went the other way. Oh yeah, the PK was set up by a hand ball call on Kemar Lawrence.
Now, that’s using your head
Tim Parker headed out a Marcus Epps’ shot on a goal line clearance in the 16th minute. saving an obvious goal. Parker’s father, Ken, was in Aruba and tweeted that he could not get a feed of the match, so the Red Bulls made sure they tweeted out pertinent information to him.
PHI – Mark McKenzie (caution) 27’
NYRB – Bradley Wright-Phillips (caution) 64’
PHI – Fafa Picault (caution) 69’
PHI – Haris Medunjanin (caution) 79’
Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Keegan Rosenberry, Mark McKenzie, Auston Trusty, Raymon Gaddis; Haris Medunjanin, Alejandro Bedoya; Marcus Epps (Ilsinho 64’), Borek Dockal, Fafa Picault (David Accam 70’); CJ Sapong (Cory Burke 82’)
Substitutes not used: John McCarthy; Jack Elliott, Fabinho, Warren Creavalle
New York Red Bulls: Ryan Meara; Michael Murillo, Tim Parker, Aaron Long, Kemar Lawrence; Tyler Adams, Sean Davis; Florian Valot (Carlos Rivas 83’), Kaku (Vincent Bezecourt 90’), Daniel Royer (Alex Muyl 73’); Bradley Wright-Phillips
Substitutes not used: Evan Louro; Aurelien Collin, Connor Lade, Marc Rzatkowski