Jacob Gleeson’s late attack lifts Philadelphia over Red Bulls
Jacob Glesnis scored a late goal in overtime as second-seeded Philadelphia Union beat seventh-seeded New York Red Bulls 1-0 in the first round of the MLS Cup playoffs on Saturday in Chester, Pennsylvania.
In a predictable, low-scoring match between two of the Eastern Conference’s top defensive teams, it looked as if the match was headed for a penalty shootout.
But when the Red Bulls couldn’t clear the ball, they seized Glisnes, who positioned himself just outside the penalty area and curled a high ball past jumping goalkeeper Carlos Coronel and into the corner of the goal in the 123rd minute from the net. Competition.
It was no surprise that the score was higher in this competition. New York has 33 goals conceded during the regular season and the lowest number in the MLS. Meanwhile, Philadelphia only allowed 35. The Etihad and the Red Bulls met three times during the regular season, with five goals scored in total.
New York had consecutive solid chances early in overtime – both from Patrick Klimala.
Lonely on the right, Klimala missed wide in the 94th minute. Seconds later, Ittihad goalkeeper Andre Blake blocked his own follow-up shot – New York’s first shot on target in the match.
Sergio Santos almost gave Philadelphia the lead early in the second half of overtime when Coronel blocked his surprisingly timely and effortless shot. Soon, New York player Kyle Duncan tapped the far post with his shot.
These sides combined for 17 shots during regular time, and Al Ittihad scored only one shot on target. But it was a golden opportunity from Alphas Powell, who was saved by Coronel in the first half.
Philadelphia escalated the pressure about midway through the second half. In the 82nd minute, Santos came close and set up teammate Kasper Przybylko to get a great chance, but Al Ittihad’s top scorer sent the ball high over the net.
Santos had his own side chance in the last seconds of normal time, but his shot fell to a standing Coronel.
Philadelphia advances to the semifinals against the winner of Tuesday’s game between No. 3 Nashville SC and No. 6 Orlando City.
–Field Media Level