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  • October 20, 2011
  • • 8:10 PM
  • • Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey
  • Referee: M. Geiger
  • • Attendance: 25044
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  • That's it! New York makes the playoff after a tumultuous season with a 1-0 win. They may not deserve it over the course of the season, but they came to play tonight and can be happy with their performance
  • 90' + 2'
    Substitution Luke Rodgers J. Agudelo
  • 90'
    Corner for the Union with three minutes of stoppage time left. Rost is able to collect the service
  • 89'
    Gabriel Farfan floats a cross in dangerously, but no teammate is able to get on the end of it as the ball bounces to Rost
  • 87'
    Solli with a good run down the right flank switches to Lindpere, whose shot skies over the bar. The home side looking pretty comfortable here
  • 85'
    Adu finds Le Toux on the left flank, he cuts in and hits a tame shot to the near post that Rost grabs rather easily
  • 78'
    New York wins a free kick right on the side of the box, Marquez squares on the ground to Lindpere instead of crossing it, but Williams makes a very good sliding intervention
  • 75'
    The Union starting to take control of the match, but haven't been able to break down the Red Bulls' defense. As long as the home side doesn't concede twice in the last 15 minutes, it is in the playoffs
  • 70'
    Substitution Justin Mapp Roger Torres
  • 69'
    Now Mapp has a chance, but Ream recovers back and blocks his shot
  • 66'
    Yellow Card Luke Rodgers
  • 66'
    GOAL PHILADELPHIA! But it's waived off! Le Toux's long free kick goes straight in, but Valdes is ruled offside for impeding Rost's view. Looked to be the right call
  • 65'
    The Union looking to attack through crosses from the flanks, but the Red Bulls defense holding firm. The away side hasn't been able to build many attacks from the midfield this evening
  • 62'
    Union defense has been very sloppy, as a poor clearance almost leads to a good Red Bulls chance
  • 59'
    What a miss! Richards gets a tame curling shot off which goes straight to Mondragon, who inexplicably fumbles the shot. Rodgers comes in and skies over from close range.
  • 56'
    Tainio meanwhile, is floored by a late challenge from Carroll. That was really dangerous and draws a yellow card
  • 55'
    Yellow Card Brian Carroll
  • 55'
    Long ball over the top springs McCarty, who can't get any contact on a bouncing ball behind the Union defense.
  • 51'
    Lindpere floats a corner and and Ream rises and gets on the end of it, but can't put it on goal. That was a chance
  • 48'
    Right off the bat, Mwanga drives forward and gets off a decent strike that tails wide of the far post
  • 46'
    Substitution Zach Pfeffer Danny Mwanga
  • 46'
    Substitution Amobi Okugo Freddy Adu
  • 46'
    Freddy Adu and Danny Mwanga come in for the Union at the half, clearly looking to bolster their attack
  • 46'
    We are underway in the second half
  • Halftime. A half that was controlled by the Red Bulls, and they deservedly lead. What adjustments will Nowak make at the half?
  • 43'
    Great save Mondragon! Terrible back-pass by Califf springs Lindpere and the keeper comes out quickly to deny
  • 42'
    Rodgers running up the field with the ball simply shoves a defender out of his way. Referee sees nothing wrong, though
  • 40'
    Pfeffer gets a strike on goal, but right at Rost
  • 38'
    The Union finally starting to gain a foothold late on in the first half, getting some possession in the Red Bulls' half for a spell. Mapp wins a corner, but it's headed out well by Tainio
  • 35'
    Chance for Philadelphia as a cross is floated to the top of the box, Rost comes way out, but it was the wrong decision as Williams won the header, but directed it over the goal
  • 33'
    Solli drives forward again, and launches a shot that flies wide. He's been very good on the night so far
  • 31'
    Williams fouls Lindpere from behind, giving New York a dangerous set piece opportunity. Marquez's service is very poor though, and cleared easily
  • 29'
    Yellow Card Teemu Tainio
  • 27'
    Marquez plays a great through ball to McCarty on the right flank, but his cross is a bit too close to Mondragon
  • 25'
    The Union have really been frustrated in the center of the pitch, as Le Toux has hardly seen the ball
  • 22'
    Philadelphia has been sloppy thus far, as a Carroll giveaway in the midfield leads to a New York chance that sputters out
  • 19'
    The right back Solli is getting forward at will right now, this time he gets to the byline, but the ball just rolls out of play before he could carve out a really dangerous chance
  • 17'
    Great hold-up play by Rodgers springs Richards, who strikes at Mondragon, but the Philly keeper is able to make a kick save
  • 15'
    Rodgers is played in but he's drifted offside. Good pressure still from the home side, looking for its second
  • 10'
    Great start for the home team who deserved the early goal. They're in the postseason as long as they don't concede twice
  • 8'
    Goal Dane Richards
  • 8'
    GOAL NEW YORK! Solli gets a cross to an unmarked Richards inside the six, whose header goes off the post and off the back of Mondragon and in. That will go down as an own goal
  • 7'
    Solli makes a great run to the byline, but he can't keep his cross in bounds.
  • 4'
    Richards and Valdes clash on a ball in the air. Both go down, but no call as the ball rolls to Mondragon
  • 2'
    Shaky from Tim Ream right off the bat, almost giving the ball away
  • 1'
    Just a reminder as we kick off, the Red Bulls are in the playoffs with a win OR a draw tonight
  • And for the visiting Union: Mondragon; Williams, Valdes, Califf, G. Farfan; Pfeffer, Okugo, Carroll, Mapp; M. Farfan, Le Toux
  • Here's your Red Bulls starting XI: Rost, Solli, Keel, Ream, Miller, McCarty, Tainio, Marquez (C), Lindpere, Rodgers, Richards
  • Hello friends, Seth Vertelney here to take you through tonight's Eastern Conference showdown between the Red Bulls and the Union