In what may or may not be a “Rivalry Match” depending on who you ask, The Philadelphia Union (8-4-4, 28 Pts, 1st Place Eastern Conference), host the New York Red Bulls (7-5-3, 24 Pts, 5th Place).
Union/New York Red Bulls Series History:
The series overall has not been competitive as the U are 6-13-5 against NYRB. The last outing was a 1-0 loss on a 69′ PK at Talen Energy Stadium back on 10/21/18.
At Talen Energy Stadium the Pink Cows have gone the Union one better in W’s – 6-5, and Gs scored – 20 – 19, with two draws.
Last Time Out:
The Union is coming off a gutty W on the road against Minnesota United FC, 3-2. NYRB’s last match was a 4-Nil crushing of Real Salt Lake at home.
New York Red Bulls Notes:
The problem with playing the Red Bulls is they don’t have one guy, besides maybe F Bradley Wright-Phillips, that you really have to watch, because only five guys have two or more goals, but 11 with one, including Phillips. Phillips is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury. NYRB will be short three D-men, Aaron Long, Michael Amir Murillo, and Kemar Lawrence, as well as MF Derrick Etienne to National team duties.
The U have one less D unavailable, Warren Creavalle, and Matt Real, and MF Mark McKenzie to national call-ups. The good news is that there is a chance GK Andre Blake may be available as Jamaica does not have any more matches before the ConCaCaf Gold Cup starts. If not either Carlos Miguel Coronel or Wayne Pa.’s Matt Freese are capable of stepping in.
Whether you call it a rivalry or not, these Eastern Conference matches tend to get very much on the chippy side, so the referee Kevin Stott may come into play. The Red Bulls have one extra day of rest, and played at home so they have that advantage.
I see a closely marked match with a number of cards given, which in the end will come down to a 2-2 Draw with the U scoring the equalizer late in front of a frenzied Sons Of Ben in the River End.