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July 21, 2015
Despite playing most of the match a man up, Red Bulls fall to 10-man Philly in Open Cup in PKs

Lloyd Sam scored a dramatic equalizer but missed the final penalty kick.
Lloyd Sam scored a dramatic equalizer but missed the final penalty kick.
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By Brian Trusdell
Soccer News Net Contributor

HARRISON, N.J. – Philadelphia prevailed over the Red Bulls on penalty kicks on Tuesday, winning despite a 40th-minute ejection, allowing a goal in the fourth-minute of second-half injury time and seeing a ball hit the post in extra time to advance to the semifinals of the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup.

Goalkeeper John McCarthy watched Bradley Wright-Phillips knock his penalty attempt off the crossbar on the first attempt and then blocked Lloyd Sam on his try to enable the Union to win, 4-3, after a 1-1 draw over 120 minutes.

The Red Bulls had three prime chances to win in it extra time. Manolo Sanchez hit the post in the 111th minute and three minutes later volleyed a shot from the edge of the six into McCarthy's hands. Mike Grella turned and hit a low shot from the six in the 115th minute that McCarthy blocked with his extended right leg.

The result moved Philadelphia within one win of returning to the title game, where it lost to Seattle last
year and continued the frustration of the Red Bulls, who have not advanced past the quarterfinals since they reached the title game in 2003 when the team was known as the MetroStars.

The Union played with 10 men for the final 80 minutes after Conor Casey was ejected shortly before halftime. Connor Lade dispossessed the Philly forward and then raced around him to get the ball. Casey chased the Philly left back and tripped him after he got there first.

While New York dominated possession and chances before and after Casey's red card, Philadelphia converted on a classic counter down the left side in the 55th minute. Sebastian Le Toux fed a streaking Vincent Nogueira as he sped toward the area and the French midfielder sent a ball across the six.

Ayuk sprinted in from the backside of the play unmarked and easily volleyed it past goalkeeper Luis Robles.

The Red Bulls' dominant play was highlighted by a dramatic bicycle attempt by Anatole Abang that was blocked by Maurice Edu's rear in the 18th minute and a follow-up shot by Sam McCarthy pushed wide for a corner.

The Red Bulls outshot Philadelphia 11-1 in the first half and had a 5-1 advantage in shots on goal.

The lopsided play continued as the second half started with Sam sprinting to the byline in the 48th minute and sending in a low cross to Abang in the middle of the area. The Cameroonian striker made good contact but McCarthy was well positioned, reached high to tip and then grab.

Ayuk's goal breathed energy and enthusiasm into Philadelphia's attack if not much creativity.

At one point Noguiera just kicked the ball into an empty Red Bulls half, drawing a rebuke from Cristian Maidana.

Union coach Jim Curtin inserted two defensive substitutions while Red Bulls counterpart Jesse Marsch countered by sending in offensive reserves.

The Red Bulls regained domination on possession and chances and finally equalized in the fourth minute of injury time when Sam settled a pinging ball off his thigh, turned and shot low past McCarthy from the inside edge of the six.

The game began with a peculiar 4 p.m. weekday kickoff due to Red Bull Arena being the venue for an international friendly between Paris Saint-Germain and Fiorentina 4˝ hours later. That meant a start in 91-degree heat and 39 percent humidity before an announced sparse crowd of 9,272.

Both sides used virtually full-strength lineups, even with New York scheduled to play Chelsea in an international friendly Wednesday night at Red Bull Arena.


PHI — Eric Ayuk (Vincent Nogueira, Sebastien Le Toux) 56´

NY— Lloyd Sam (Mike Grella) 90+4

PHI— Sheanon Williams (Penalty)

NY— Dax McCarty (Penalty)

PHI— Vincent Nogueira (Penalty)

NY— Mike Grella (Penalty)

PHI— Maurice Edu (Penalty)

NY— Sacha Kljestan (Penalty)

PHI— Fernando Aristeguieta (Penalty)


PHI — Conor Casey 40´ (Red)

PHI— Fabinho 52´ (Yellow)

PHI— Vincent Noguiera 68´ (Yellow)

PHI— Fred 90+1´ (Yellow)

NY— Matt Miazga 118´ (Yellow)

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