After a brief blip in their offense, the Union are right back to their goal-scoring ways.
They were held scoreless by the Columbus Crew, the top team in the division, and came into their game needing a win to keep pace and have a chance to jump into 2nd place. The Union found their offense courtesy of 3 goals, two of which were homegrown and a fantastic effort on defense which gave Andre Blake a well deserved easy night.
The first half featured some back and forth but not many chances. The Red Bulls were able to get some control but the Union’s defense didn’t allow them any clean chances. They held out until the 36th minute. Then Andrew Wooten ran the defense and allowed Alejandro Bedoya some room to operate. He found Brendan Aaronson with a pass who ripped into a shot that flew past the keeper just inside the far post.
The combination of Wooten and Bedoya would flip on the next goal, as Bedoya hit Wooten with a pass freeing him on the defense in the 2nd half. As Wooten went wide, he spun the ball back to the center to find Kacper Przybylko who drilled another one to the far side of the net.
The final goal comes from another homegrown. Matt Real came on as a sub later in the match and got a setup pass from super-sub Ilsinho. Real ran behind the backline and was able to put a left-footed shot across the frame and off the post. It was his first MLS goal and sealed any hesitation about the outcome of the contest.
There is one match left for the Union in Phase One of the MLS regular season as they resume more normal play after the MLS is back tournament. They moved into 2nd place and the will play again on PHL 17 on September 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Subaru Park against New England Revolution on Kick Childhood Cancer Night.