On Saturday night the Philadelphia Union tied the rival New York Red Bulls 1-1 for their fifth tie of the 2022 season and third consecutive draw. The Union fell to third place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 5-1-5 and a home mark of 3-0-3. Subaru Park was rocking on Saturday night but despite the fan’s support and encouragement, the Union could not find the game-winner.

Philadelphia scored the first goal of the match in the 47th minute when Daniel Gazdag rocketed a shot past Jose Coronel into the upper right corner. Sergio Santos played a perfect one-touch pass into an open space for Gazdag to pounce on in the box and score the opener. The Union would then earn many more chances to increase their lead, but they could not execute the final shot and therefore let New York linger.

Defender Dylan Nealis received his second yellow card in the 55th minute and the Union were up a man for the remainder of the game. The Boys in Blue held 60% of the possession, recorded 17 shots and six shots on goal, and registered seven corner kicks. They simply could not find the back of the net but haven prime chances in the second half including a goal in the 82nd minute that was taken away from VAR.

Midfielder Luquinhas tied it up for New York in the 66th minute as he found himself open in the box and slotted his shot past goalkeeper Andre Blake. Strikers Julian Carranza and Cory Burke each earned quality chances in the last 10 minutes of the game but failed to convert and the game ended in yet another draw.

In all of their last three games, Philadelphia has led including holding the lead twice against LAFC on the road. Unfortunately, they have not been able to get over the hump in securing the three points. Two of the ties have come on the road, so that is a little more comforting to hear, but the Union has failed to close out teams in crucial matches.

Manager Jim Curtin will have a tough decision to make when putting together his starting 11 for Wednesday night’s game. Midfielder Jose Martinez and Carranza will both be out for the match against Inter Miami CF. Martinez is out due to a one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation and Carranza is prohibited from playing against the team that sent him out on loan due to MLS intraleague loans.

Fans and media can speculate that Curtin will start Santos to replace Carranza, and either Jack McGlynn or Paxten Aaronson to fill the void of Martinez. These players will have to step up in the usual starters’ absence in hopes of recording the win and acquiring all three points at home. Here’s hoping it will be yet another entertaining game as the Union should take care of business considering Miami is 3-6-2 this season and sit in 13th place in the East.

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