Philadelphia (1-1-4) at New York (0-2-4), 7:30 p.m.
Harrison, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Red Bulls go in search of
their first win of the season on Wednesday when Eastern Conference rivals
Philadelphia Union visit Red Bull Arena.
It's been a difficult start to the season for the reigning Supporters' Shield
winners. Through their first six games of 2014, Mike Petke's club has four
draws and a pair of defeats.
Last weekend's match against D.C. United served as microcosm for everything
that has gone wrong in the early stages of the season. The Red Bulls played
very well against United at RFK Stadium, but were incredibly wasteful with
their chances and lost, 1-0.
The Red Bulls fell behind after just four minutes when former Red Bull Fabian
Espindola whipped a corner kick into the box that was headed on by Bobby
Boswell to Davy Arnaud, who made a late run to tap it home at the back post.
New York responded well after the goal and dominated the second-half run of
play, but Thierry Henry's finishing was off all night and United goalkeeper
Andrew Dykstra made several quality saves to make sure his side claimed three
Despite the loss, New York left the nation's capital encouraged about their
"We lost a game that we shouldn't have lost," Henry said. "All credit to DC,
took advantage and started better than us. We tried to come back, as you saw,
in any way possible. After around 30 minutes into the game, I thought we
dominated the game. It wasn't enough to win the game.
"I'm very critical usually, but if you carry on playing like we played in the
second half, in the games that are coming soon, hopefully we can get on a good
run," Henry added. "There is nothing to say about how we played after 30
minutes. I thought we passed the ball well, we created chances. Sometimes we
were a little bit unlucky. I don't think we deserved to lose, but full credit
to DC - they won the game."
Philadelphia will be looking to snap a bad habit of giving away late goals and
dropping points. The Union have drawn three games from winning positions this
season after allowing a tying goal in the 80th minute or later.
It happened again in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Real Salt Lake, but the result
would have been a defeat if not for Maurice Edu's 90th minute tally to salvage
RSL took the lead in the sixth minute when Luke Mulholland fired home a
rebound following a penalty save by Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath, but Andrew
Wenger made it 1-1 in the 55th minute.
Some slack defending from Philadelphia five minutes from time allowed Kyle
Beckerman to fire home from close range, but Edu's header from a corner kick
in the 90th minute handed the Union a point for the third consecutive game.
"We played some good soccer throughout the game," Union manager John Hackworth
said. "We possessed the ball, went side to side and made them do a lot of
work. Eventually that wore them down a little bit. The hard part for us was I
don't think we were really strong with our execution."
In five meetings between the sides at Red Bull Arena, Philadelphia has never
won, coming away with one draw and four defeats.