Union Survive Another Shootout to Advance to the Leagues Cup Quarterfinals

After being postponed Monday night due to inclement weather, the Philadelphia Union took the field against a familiar foe, the New York Red Bulls, in the round of 16 of the Leagues Cup Tuesday night at Subaru Park. The Union survive another shootout to advance to the Leagues Cup Quarterfinals.

Rocky Start

Things didn’t get off to a good start for the home team, and in the 4th minute, a bad turnover in the midfield led to an RBNY attack that freed up Omir Fernandez, who put a pass across the net to Elias Manoel for a goal leaving Andre Blake helpless and giving NY an early 1-0 lead. The Philadelphia Union would get their best chance of the half in the 43rd minute when a long ball by Martinez found Carranza in the attacking third. Julian put a pass in front of the net that just got past Gazdag, keeping the game 1-0 RBNY going into the half.

The starting lineup was a little bit questionable, with head coach Jim Curtin electing to start Nate Harriel, Jack Mcglynn, and Leon Flach over Jesus Bueno, Olivier Mbaizo, and Mikael Uhre. That decision didn’t pay off early on, with the offense out of sync for the majority of the first half.

To the Second Half

To start the second half. Jim had a quick trigger on the lineup. In minute 54, he looked to the bench with two subs Bueno for Leon Flach and Mikael Uhre for an injured Daniel Gazdag, who left the game with a knee injury but walked off under his own power to the locker room.

The Union began to put the pressure on the visiting side, and it paid off in the 68th minute a corner by Wagner found Nate Harriel for a beautiful header low and to the post past Red Bulls goalkeeper and tying the game at one with 22 minutes remaining. With all the momentum on their side, the Union continued to press and look for a game-winning goal, but New York would hold them off for the remainder of the half. After 90 minutes of play, the game would end in a 1-1 tie. Off to a penalty shootout, we went.

Andre Blake

Who else to come up big when you need him to than the best Goalkeeper in the game, aka the GOAT Andre Blake on the Red Bulls’ first PK Andre stuffed NY’s late sub Lewis Morgan. With successful penalty kicks by Elliott and Uhre, next for RBNY was Daniel Edelman, who hit the crossbar, giving the Union a 1 goal lead midway through the shootout. Up for Philadelphia was their leading goal scorer, Julian Carranza, who showed you why by calmly sending one right down the middle.

Like the last penalty kicks versus DC United in the round of 32, Jesus Bueno was the 5th shooter on the board. Just like last game Bueno sent one curling away from the keeper and right inside the post, leaving Red Bulls Carlos Coronel no chance at a save and Sending the Philadelphia Union to the first-ever Leagues Cup round of 8. Philadelphia will meet Queretaro, a Mexican side that they put away easily in the group stage 5-1 in the round of 8. DOOP! The Union survive another shootout.

Diego Bianchi
Diego Bianchi

My name is Diego Bianchi born and raised in Philadelphia. I’m a sports analyst, writer, and show host covering Philadelphia sports for Edge of Philly Sports. I also am a credentialed media member covering the Philadelphia Union for EOP. My passion for sports started since forever ago. At least, it feels like that. Thanks to my amazing family. I love doing this every day. You can catch me every Monday night on the Sully Squad at 6 PM on Edge of Philly Sports.