In the day’s afternoon affair, the New York Red Bulls saw a wealth of first half chances go begging at home against the Philadelphia Union. The best opportunity was their first when Brazilian midfielder Felipe strolled through the heart of the Union midfield before unleashing a right footed blast that Philadelphia ‘keeper John McCarthy went full extension to his left to save.
New York would found another opportunity in the 39th minute when Connor Lade’s low cross from the left was punched away by McCarthy, robbing Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips of a chance to tally from close range. The match turned on its head a minute later when Conor Casey gave Lade a tough foul from behind that saw referee Chris Penso show a red card to the veteran striker in the 40th minute.
Despite Red Bulls having a man advantage in the second half, it was the Union that scored against the run of play. Brazilian winger Fabinho broke down the left side and centered for Eric Ayuk, who swept home his second of the tournament in the 56th minute.
Controlling the run of play into stoppage time, Red Bull left the equalizer very late, as Matt Miazga kept a ball alive at the top of the area, before Mike Grella headed on and Lloyd Sam finished with a pirouette in the six-yard box in the 94th minute, sending the match to extra time.
The hosts kept control of the game in the extra period, with Red Bulls substitute Manolo Sanchez having the best two chances of the half, including a close-range hit off the post in the 108th minute. With no goals in extra time, the game headed to penalties where New York’s Bradley Wright-Phillips fired his opening attempt off the cross bar.
Philadelphia’s John McCarthy saved Lloyd Sam’s attempt in the fourth round, but Luis Robles did the same to Fred, to leave the Union with a 3-2 lead heading into the final set of spot kicks. U.S. international Sacha Kljestan converted for New York, but Fernando Aristeguieta converted the final kick to send Philadelphia to its third Semifinal appearance in four years.
With the win, the Union will host the winner of Wednesday’s match between the Chicago Fire and Orlando City SC in the Semifinals on a date to be announced.
- 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup –
Date: July 21, 2015
Match: New York Red Bulls (MLS) vs. Philadelphia Union (MLS)
Competition: 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup; Quarterfinal
Venue: Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.
Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET
Weather: 80 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F ET1 ET2 PKs
NYRB 0 1 1 0 0 3
PHI 0 1 1 0 0 4
PHI - Eric Ayuk (Vincent Nogueira) 55th minute
NY - Lloyd Sam (Mike Grella) 90+4
NYRB: Luis Robles; Connor Lade, Damien Perrinelle (Manolo Sanchez, 80), Matt Miazga, Anthony Wallace, Dax McCarty (capt.), Felipe (Sal Zizzo, 70), Lloyd Sam, Sacha Kljestan, Bradley Wright-Phillips, Anatole Abang (Mike Grella, 65)
PHI: John McCarthy; Fabio Macedo, Ethan White, Maurice Edu (capt.), Ray Gaddis, Eric Ayuk (Fernando Aristeguieta, 90), Brian Carroll, Vincent Nogueira, Sebastian Le Toux (Sheanon Williams, 60), Cristian Maidana (Fred Carreiro, 77), Conor Casey
Stats Summary: NYRB / PHI
Shots: 32 / 8
SOG: 10 / 3
Saves: 2 / 9
Corner Kicks: 12 / 6
Fouls: 13 / 11
Offside: 1 / 2
PHI - Conor Casey (ejection) 40th minute
PHI - Fabio Macedo (caution) 53
PHI - Vincent Nogueira (caution) 68
PHI - Fred Carreiro (caution) 90
NY - Matt Miazga (caution) 118
Referee: Christopher Penso
Assistant Referee 1: James Conlee
Assistant Referee 2: Kathryn Nesbitt
4th Official: Dave Breckner