LE TOUX TO THE RESCUE AS UNION DRAWS WITH RED BULLS

By Mary Cunningham

Fans at PPL Park endured an hour’s rain delay Saturday night but it turned out to be well worth it.

Simon Le Toux drilled a game-tying penalty kick in stoppage time to salvage a 2-2 draw for Philly against the rival New York Red Bulls.

Le Toux, who is 13-for-13 in his Union career from the spot, got the opportunity for dramatics when rookie Pedro Ribeiro was taken down in the box by Red Bulls defender Ibrahim Sekagya.

Ribiero also scored his first career goal for the Union (9-9-10), who still saw their three-game winning streak – and four-game home winning streak – snapped with the result.

Thierry Henry scored his 50th career MLS goal and Peguy Luyindula added a PK goal of his own for the Red Bulls (10-8-10), who remain one point in front of the Union in the Eastern Conference playoff race. New York had won two straight coming into Saturday’s nationally televised showdown.

In the 35th minute, Union center back Ethan White was whistled for a foul in the box after taking down Luyindula, who was trying to chase down a loose ball. Luyindula buried the ensuing penalty kick past Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath, who guessed the wrong direction, to give New York a 1-0 lead.

The goal was Luyindula’s fifth of the season.

Five minutes later, Henry gave the Red Bulls a 2-0 advantage with his ninth goal of the year. MacMath was able to get his body in front of the shot but it bounced off of him and behind him into the back of the net.

The Union answered just one minute later with Ribeiro getting his foot on a low, driven cross from Andrew Wenger, who used some fancy footwork to get free by the endline. Wenger also nearly scored in the first minute but his header went wide.

Le Toux, Maidana and Nogueira all entered the game in the second half but couldn’t help Philly find the equalizer until stoppage time, despite the home team getting a couple of big chances.

 

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