New York Red Bulls stumble away to Philadelphia Union

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The New York Red Bulls suffered another blip in their season away to the Philadelphia Union. Coming off the back of a 4-1 victory against the Columbus the Red Bulls fell to a 3-1 lost thanks to goals from Conor Casey, Fred and a penalty kick from former Red Bull Sebastian Le Toux, Wright-Phillips grabbing only a consolation.

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Poor Start

The Red Bull again started poorly with sloppy defending from rookie Matt Miazga. The 18 year old has become a favourite in the backline for Petke but lost his man in Conor Casey who controlled an Andrew Wenger cross with a subtle yet beautiful first touch and tucked it away into the far post in the ninth minute.

The Red Bulls have continued to start poorly against opponents with the majority of goals they have conceded being in the open twenty minutes.

Fred made it 2-0 in the 51st minute after tucking home from a Casey cross who this time had turned provider this time with the Red Bulls showing no immediate sign of a fight back. The Union however allowed Henry too much space in the final third and the Frenchman was able to pick out Bradley Wright Phillips who tucked home his 16th of the year for the Red Bulls.

However the comeback was not to be for the Red Bulls as Eric Alexander brought down Edu in the box after some tussling and the former Red Bull Sebastian Le Toux tucked home the resulting penalty.

Poor Management

It can be said that Mike Petke had an outstanding first season in charge of the New York franchise, with the Red Bulls winning their first trophy in over a decade. But the once rookie manager of the year nominee has struggled this year with fans believing that not enough movement has been made in the transfer window with the Red Bulls still having a third designated player slot open.

The lack of substitutions until in and around the seventy minute mark has also caused some criticism with the Red Bulls having a quick turn around with three games in one week and many believing that some star players including 36 year old Thierry Henry could had been rested in the latter stages of the game.

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