New York Red Bulls Tie Rivals Philadelphia Union, 0-0
Added by Bryan Salazar on August 19, 2013.
Thierry Henry failed to get a goal on his 36th birthday. (Credits: philadelphiaunion.com)
The New York Red Bulls are tied for first place in the Eastern Conference after a mediocre display against the Philadelphia Union this past weekend that resulted in a draw.
The Red Bulls gave a lackluster performance in front of an announced sell-out crowd of 25,355 at the Red Bull Arena. Much of the game was focused on possession, especially by the Red Bulls, but the failure in the finishing aspect of the game is the main talking point of the game.
Shots on target for both teams were a whooping three total. Many players for New York, especially forwards Thierry Henry and Fabian Espindola, had lacked the finishing touch throughout the night. Henry had just come back after an Achilles Inflammation had kept him out to the sidelines the previous game.
Head coach Mike Petke was clearly frustrated with the performance his team posted up and took full responsibility for the result.
“It’s good to look up there and see a zero (for Philadelphia,) but a zero on the other side is what we’re not happy about right now,” he said. “We begrudgingly take a point and move on.”
The Red Bulls had two quality chances that could have broken the deadlock during the match. In the 34th minute midfielder Johnny Steele crossed the ball into the box, finding Espindola’s head and connecting, before being deflected away by Philadelphia’s goalkeeper. In extra time, Henry crossed one from the corner kick, this time finding Brandon Barklage, but just like the header earlier in the game from Espindola, the Union goalie was able to save the header.
Red Bulls player Tim Cahill, who had also just come back from injury that sidelined him three weeks, thought the game was much in their favor and impossibly to believe that they did not win considering their great chances in the game.
“Just a difficult game to comprehend the result at the end of it, because I don’t think they were ever really going to hurt us,” Cahill said.
New York will look to rebound from this terrible draw when they travel to the Home Depot Center and play last-place team Chivas USA.