This is your all Facts – No Filler preview of the US Open Cup Round of 16 match between the Philadelphia Union and the New York Red Bulls.
Open Cup Match-Up History:
The Union have won both times they have met, advancing on penalties in 2015 1(3)-(4)1, and outright in 2016, 2-1.
* Late Edit – These two also met in a “Play-In” round at the start of the 2010 tournament with NYRB prevailing 2-1. Thanks to Matt Bodiford of the Union for the information *
Open Cup Fourth Round:
The Union beat the Harrisburg City Islanders, 3-1 on goals by Derrick Jones, CJ Sapong, and Marcus Epps, and John McCarthy got his first start in goal on the season.
The Red Bulls beat NYCFC 1-Nil. Daniel Royer getting the only tally.
Injury Update and National Team Call-Ups:
New York Red Bulls
QUESTIONABLE – M Mike Grella (undisclosed)
OUT – D Gideon Baah (out for season)
Michael Amir Murillo (D) PAN CONCACAF Gold Cup
OUT – M Maurice Edu (left ankle/left tibia surgery recovery), F FWarren Creavalleabian Herbers (right adductor partial avulsion), M (right hamstring strain)
M – Brian Carroll (lumbar disc herniation)
D – Richie Marquez (knee tendinitis)
Alejandro Bedoya USA CONCACAF Gold Cup
Andre Blake JAM CONCACAF Gold Cup. It appears that he will be available for selection in this match, though he was slightly injured in his last game.
How To Watch:
The game will not be on broadcast TV, but will be streamed on the Unions web site as well as the U.S. Soccer Website
The Red Bulls do not play again until July 5th, while the Union have their next match three days sooner. Because of this NYRB is more likely to start and play “regulars”, but we all know how much emphasis Union Coach Jim Curtin puts on winning this competition, so it is really tough to tell who he will select. I foresee a typically close match, going into extra time, as the Union head back down 95 with a 2-1 win on a goal in the 2nd 15′ segment.