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Red Bulls Lose Heartbreaker, Exit From U.S. Open Cup

Union win on penalty kicks

(Credit: Getty Images / Elsa)

(Credit: Getty Images / Elsa)

 

The New York Red Bulls are out of the U.S. Open Cup. Their deepest run in some time resulted in a heartbreaking loss at home Tuesday afternoon to the Philadelphia Union.

It shouldn’t have been this way; Conor Casey of the Union was shown a straight red in the 45th minute, the Red Bulls got off 35 shots in total and held nearly 68% possession. However none of this would be enough to see them through to the semi-finals.

Eric Ayuk scored for the Union in the 55th minute despite their disadvantage in terms of players on the field. This looked like it would be enough to see the Union through however in the waning moments of the game Lloyd Sam got on the ball from a Mike Grella header and blasted it into the net.

That should have been enough to bring momentum onto the side of the Red Bulls. Up a player and having snatched a goal so late to break the Union’s hearts and send it into extra time you would have thought the Red Bulls would find a way through but despite multiple good opportunities they would not be able to score again. The Union defended heavily and John McCarthy, the Union goalie, made some terrific saves to keep it level.

This lead to penalties, exactly what the Union had hoped for. Penalty kicks are pretty much a lottery and the Red Bulls were not winners this time. The Union won 4-3 on penalties ensuring it would be at least one more season before the Red Bulls finally lift the long awaited U.S. Open Cup.

Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve played in the background as the Union celebrated and the Red Bulls trudged off to prepare for their match against Chelsea on Wednesday. Following this loss though it was almost all bitter and no sweet.

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