Red Bulls play to scoreless draw vs 10-Man Philly

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by RUSS McKENZIE

In a match that featured six yellows and an ejection in the opening half, the New York Red Bulls battled to a scoreless draw with the Philadelphia Union in preseason action at Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex on Wednesday night.

Head coach Jesse Marsch predicted a spirited match, and was not disappointed, as the Union got New York off their game by playing a chippy, aggressive 1st half.

Philadelphia racked up the fouls and caution cards in the opening frame. Sebastian Le Toux, newly minted defender Ilsino, Brian Carroll and Vincent Nogueira all earned yellow cards for a bevy of late tackles and physical play that was meant to keep New York off balance. Ilsino earned an early trip to the showers in the 44th minute. Meanwhile, the Red Bulls controlled the majority of play.

Again, Marsch deployed his troops in a 4-2-2-2 formation, with Mike Grella and Gonzalo Veron up top. Veron, who came to the Red Bulls late in the 2015 season as a designated player, showed his brilliance. With a full preseason under his belt, he consistently got behind the Philadelphia defenders with speed. Grella also had his chances to put the Red Bulls on the board, but New York’s US Open Cup nemesis John McCarthy seemed determined to thwart any attempt at goal.

Chippy play also opens players up for possible injuries, and midfielder Sacha Kljestan left the match in the 56th minute after taking a knock. Klejstan was replaced on the field by Homegrown signing, Alex Muyl.

As planned, Marsch made sure that he got as many players minutes as he could afford, subbing most of his starting roster out at the half, and the rest at the 61st. Only goalkeeper Luis Robles played the full 90.

With the March 6th home opener looming, Marsch is looking to rotate more players into the ttarting XI. The more depth he has available, the easier it will be to navigate a multi-front schedule that includes CONCACAF Champions League, MLS Regular Season, US Open Cup, and, of course, the MLS Cup Playoffs.

The Red Bulls finish up their preseason schedule on Saturday against a familiar face. New York will face the NASL’s Jacksonville Armada, coached by Metrostars legend Tony Meola. The Red Bulls then return home to prepare for Toronto FC on March 6th’s MLS regular season home opener.

Scoring Summary
Discipline Summary
PHI – Sebastien LeToux (caution, foul) 28′
PHI – Ilsinho (caution, foul) 29′
NY – Sacha Kljestan (caution, foul) 31′
PHI – Brian Carroll (caution, foul) 32′
PHI – Vincent Nogueira (caution, foul) 42′
PHI – Ilsinho (ejection, second yellow) 44′
PHI – Roland Alberg (caution, foul) 74′
Lineups
NY: Luis Robles; Sal Zizzo (Chris Duvall, 61′), Gideon Baah (Zach Carroll, 61′), Ronald Zubar, (Karl Ouimette, 46′), Kemar Lawrence (Connor Lade, 61′), Dax McCarty © (Sean Davis, 46′), Felipe (Tyler Adams, 61′), Sacha Kljestan (Alex Muyl, 56′), Lloyd Sam (Vincent Bezecourt, 61′), Mike Grella (Bradley Wright-Phillips, 46′), Gonzalo Veron (Anatole Abang, 46′)
PHI: John McCarthy; Fabinho (Taylor Washington, 46′), Ken Tribbett (Anderson, 46′), Joshua Yaro, Keegan Rosenberry (Ray Gaddis, 61′); Brian Carroll (Roland Alberg, 46′), Vincent Nogueira (Warren Crevalle, 46′); Chris Pontius (Walter Restrepo, 46′), Ilsinho, Sebastien Le Toux (Leo Fernandes, 46′); Fabian Herbers (C.J. Sapong, 61′)
  • slowleftarm

    its early but this doesn’t look like a Cup contender to me need a lot more work.