Philadelphia Union 3
New York Red Bulls 0
Goals: PHI: 75’ C.J. Sapong, 81’ C.J. Sapong (assists Chris Pontius, Fabian Herbers), 85’ C.J. Sapong (penalty kick)
Overview: Playing its third match over a seven day period and coming off a road loss to Sporting Kansas City, New York stayed level with Philadelphia through the first three-quarters of the match. But C.J. Sapong took over, scoring three goals in just 10 minutes to give Philadelphia a much-needed three points. Despite conceding three goals, Luis Robles was strong in net and kept Red Bulls in the game. In addition, Mike Grella returned to the lineup for the first time since the March 19 match against Seattle, entering the game as a second-half sub.
New York Head Coach Jesse Marsch…
“Well, the result is incredibly disappointing. I just told the team to make sure we weren’t hard on Aaron Long and the defense because the game was lost by our inability to take advantage of chances that we created and really good chances. We haven’t been on the road and created these kind of chances in a long time. Not sure why were not able to finish off our plays and not score as many goals as we need to. We’ve got to figure out a way now to get more leads, capitalize on more chances and that’s going to take pressure off our defense. First half I thought was pretty good and up until 1-0 was really good in the second half. We were pushing the game really well, we were on top of things, Luis had to make one save with Sapong on a header but other than that the game was totally under control.”
Midfielder Sacha Kljestan
“I thought the first half was kind of a wash, it was not great from us. I think we left a little bit frustrated, but I think we came around in the second half with a good mentality, played up the field more, played on their end and had more of the game. Unfortunately, it was straight to the back that leads to a goal, and even after that we were still on top of the game. We had a good chance to score, they make some big saves, and then they go down the other way and make it 2-0.”
New York (5-1-5, 16 pts.) will return to Red Bull Arena and welcome the LA Galaxy on Sunday, May 14. Kickoff time is 6 p.m. and the game will be aired on FS1.