Philadelphia Union (MLS) 2, New York Red Bulls (MLS) 1
In a rematch of the 2015 Quarterfinals, the New York Red Bulls traveled to Talen Energy Stadium looking to avenge last year’s shootout loss to the Union. The visitors took the early lead in the 17th minute when Sacha Kljestan’s free kick pinged around the area before Mike Grella slotted the loose ball inside the left post. The Union came out of halftime hungry for an equalizer and found the tying goal in the 55th minute when Ilsinho slotted a through ball for Chris Pontius who took one touch before slotting his effort past Andre Blake and inside the far post. Ilsinho and Pontius would connect again for the winner just five minutes later as the Brazilian lobbed a beautiful ball into the penalty area which saw the Philadelphia attacker first-time his effort past Blake. The win pushes the Union to its fourth Quarterfinal appearance in the last five years, where they’ll visit the New England Revolution on July 20.
Philadelphia Union (MLS) vs. New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Time/Location: 7:00 p.m. ET; Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.
Philadelphia Union Best Finish: Runners-up (2014-2015)
New York Red Bulls Best Finish: Runners-up (2003)
Broadcast: U.S. Soccer YouTube
- The Philadelphia Union used a goal from Walter Restrepo and two strikes from Roland Alberg, both in first and second half stoppage time, to dispatch the Harrisburg City Islanders 3-2 in Fourth Round play.
- The New York Red Bulls used a 20th minute penalty from Sacha Kljestan to defeat defending USL champion Rochester Rhinos 1-0 in the Fourth Round.
- The game is a rematch of the 2015 Quarterfinals which ended in a 1-1 draw, before Philadelphia defeated New York 4-3 on penalties. The game is the only meeting between the two sides in U.S. Open Cup play.
- Under the direction of Jim Curtin, Philadelphia has made a major play in the Open Cup, finishing as runner-up the last two seasons.
- The meeting is a reunion of sorts for Curtin, his assistant coach Mike Sorber and New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch and his assistants Chris Armas and Denis Hamlett, all of whom won U.S. Open Cup titles with the Chicago Fire.
- Armas (as a player) and Hamlett (as an assistant coach) were part of all four of that club’s U.S. Open Cup titles in 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006. Marsch won three titles with the Fire in 1998, 2000 and 2003 (and also won in 1996 with D.C. United), while Curtin lifted the trophy in 2003 and 2006 and Sorber in 2000.
- The match marks the first meeting of the season between the two MLS rivals.
- The winner of this match will visit the winner of the New York Cosmos/New England Revolution match in the Quarterfinals on July 19/20.