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U.S. Open Cup: New York Red Bulls at Philadelphia Union (Match Night Commentary)

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The New York-Philly Derby will play its second installment in four days tonight as the Red Bulls play host to the Union tonight in a U.S. Open Cup play-in match at Red Bull Arena.

Both teams are using tonight's match to play young players, so it's anybody's guess how the match will go. We will see a grand total of seven rookies and six 2010 draft picks take the field tonight.

I will be providing commentary throughout the match so please feel free to follow along here. As always, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Commentary is after the jump):

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FINAL– The Red Bulls return to action on Saturday at RFK STadium, when they take on D.C. United.

That's all for me. Please feel free to share your post-match thoughts in the comments section below.

Good night.

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FINAL- Red Bulls 2, Union 1. Rookie Conor Chinn scores both goals to send the Red Bulls into the next qualifying round of the U.S. Open Cup. The Red Bulls will now  face New England on May 12th.

Plenty of quality performances tonight. Chinn, Seth Stammler, Chris Albright, Tony Tchani to name a few.

I will look to pass on word on Sebastien LeToux's injury status as soon as it becomes available.

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93rd minute– Getting down to the fourth and final minute of stoppage time. Still 2-1 Red Bulls.

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90th minute– PHILLY JUST WIDE!!!!

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85th minute- Union is playing with ten men because it used all its subs and LeToux is out injured.

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84th minute– LeToux is being stretchered off. Not a good sign. That would be devastating for Philly if he was seriously hurt.

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82nd minute– Sebastien LeToux is injured. He's being treated on the sideline.

Irving Garcia comes in for Sinisa Ubiparipovic.

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81st minute– Tonight's attendance is 3,015. Some diehard fans braving a frigid night.

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80th minute- Seth Stammler has also played very well tonight. Not sure he's ready to give up the starting job to Carl Robinson just yet.

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79th minute– Chris Albright has been very solid tonight. He could definitely challenge for a starting role if he stays healthy.

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70th minute– Amobi Okugo with the foul on Stammler for a free kick from far out, Da Luz takes it quickly.

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69th minute– This match is shaping up to be like Saturday's meeting, with the Red Bulls leading 2-1 and Philadelphia pouring it on late.

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67th minute- GOAL UNION!!!! Sebastien LeToux with the finish, off an Arrieta pass. It's 2-1 New York. Phill has a starting lineup in and smells blood.

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64th minute– John Wolyniec comes in for Juan Agudelo and gets a loud cheer. Fans love him.

Sebastien LeToux comes in for McInerney. The Union have close to a full lineup, while the Red Bulls have all reserves in now.

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58th minute– Austin Da Luz comes in for Brian Nielsen. Not a bad night for the Dane.

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57th minute– Sutton gathers McInerney's kick cleanly.

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56th minute– Union free kick.

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55th minute– Chinn nearly gets his hat-trick, but Seitz gets a hand on the Ubiparipovic cross JUST in time. Red Bulls look good for a third goal at this rate.

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49th minute– Stammler with a nice pass to Nielsen, who's cross leads to a blocked Agudelo shot for a corner.

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46th minute– We're back and Chris Albright has come in for Carlos Mendes. Stefani Miglioranzi, Alejandro Moreno and Christian Arrieta come in for Nick Zimmerman, Roger Torres and Toni Stahl.

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HALFTIME– The Red Bulls are dominating the midfield, and Chinn is the beneficiary, with two good finishes.

Red Bulls fans will be interested to know we could see Chris Albright in the second half. He hasn't played since 2008, but is considered a potential starter at right back if he can come back from ankle and knee injuries. 

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HALFTIME– Red Bulls 2, Union 0. It's the Conor Chinn show, with the rookie scoring two goals tonight. 

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45th minute– SAVE SUTTON, stops a Salinas shot after a nice run.

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45th minute– That said, I'd love to see Agudelo work his magic with the first team. He could be a second-half spark plug.

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44th minute– Agudelo gets caught dancing on the ball again. He's got talent, but is obviously still very raw.

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43rd minute– Chinn definitely hustles and has a nose for goal. He had a great pre-season and could be edging out veteran John Wolyniec in the pecking order.

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41st minute- GOAL RED BULLS!!! And it's Conor Chinn with his second goal, off a Sassano cross.

Red Bulls 2, Union 0. And sales of Star Kicks are going through the roof (okay, so maybe they don't make them anymore, but they should).

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39th minute– Seitz makes a routine save on a Stammler shot.

Red Bulls are actually the more creative and dangerous team tonight. A bit surprising given the lineups. The young kids are playing some soccer.

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38th minute– Tchani is laying off some beautiful passes. Someone should tell Nielsen he's allowed to cross the ball with his first touch though.

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35th minute– Still 1-0 to the Red Bulls. Apologies for the lag, the internet's a bit of a mess.

Philly isn't really putting much together, which is surpising considering Roger Torres is starting.

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31st minute– Interesting lineup for Philly, with Toni Stahl at right back, and Jacobson on the right wing.

Jacobson picked up a yellow card.

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30th minute– Agudelo definitely has some skill, but he can fall victim to trying to get too cute at times.

McInerney just shouldered Borman to the ground. Referee Andrew Chapin might be losing control a bit.

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29th minute– Some lively action, the game is starting to get chippy.

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23rd minute– We've got a lively, if small, crowd tonight. About 50 Union fans and several hundred members of the Empire Supporters Club. Looks like 2K-3K for tonight's match.

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20th minute– Tony Tchani looks dominant on the ball, but remember, these are mostly rookies and unused veterans. He looked dominant at the Combine as well. That said, he's got a great future.

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17th minute– Stammler's long-range shot is deflected to Chinn, who's initial shot was blocked. He pounces on the rebound for his first professional goal.

Juan Agudelo shows off some nice moves on the ball. The Red Bulls are taking control.

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15th minute– GOAL RED BULLS!!!!! And it's Conor Chinn with the finish, tapping in his own rebound off a Seitz save. Red Bulls 1, Union 0.

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10th minute– Tony Tchani with a nice pass to spring Nielsen, who looks good early.

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6th minute– Nielsen with a dangerous cross in front of goal that nobody can head home for New York.

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4th minute– Dan Califf has shaved off his mohawk. Was that part of the deal if he got a red card?

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2nd Minute– Lots of players seeing their first action of the season. That includes Red Bulls centerbacks Andrew Boyens and Carlos Mendes, who must deal with quick forwards Danny Mwanga and Jack McInerney.

It's freezing here.

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1st Minute– And we are off.

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PRE-GAME– With all the rookies playing I feel like I'm at the MLS Combine. There were more fans at the Combine though.

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PRE-GAME– Good evening folks. Here are the lineups for tonight's match:

RED BULLS

—————-Agudelo——-Chinn———————

Nielsen—–Stammler——Tchani——–Ubiparipovic

Borman——Boyens———Mendes———–Sassano

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BENCH- Coundoul, Albright, Ream, Da Luz, Wolyniec,Garcia

UNION

—————McInerney—–Mwanga——————–

Zimmerman————Torres—————–Jacobson

—————–Stahl————-Okugo——————

—-Salinas————–Califf—————–Orozco—

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BENCH- Knighton, Miglioranzi, Harvey, Fred, LeToux, Moreno, Arrieta

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Comments

  1. People keep in mind this live stream is directly from the big screens in the stadium. That is the reason why it does not look like a typical broadcast.

    There are some folks who will look for any reason to complain about anything if they can insult a team they don’t like. See the earlier comment mocking attendance as having “50” people, or the guy whining about the camera. They don’t seem to understand how ignorant and petty it makes them look.

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  2. People keep in mind this live stream is directly from the big screens in the stadium. That is the reason why it does not look like a typical broadcast. The fact we can watch this online is a major step forward. I was impressed with the rbny ads shown before the game.
    I am just amazed to see the reserves play this well. Its a major confidence boost. Think the are a handfull of regulars that should be worried now!

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  3. Tchani had a good first half. Mwanga showed good touch and vision too but had the ball for probably 30 seconds total. Union not looking capable of holding onto possession without Moreno and co.

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  4. Years away. And the scuttlebutt is that he doesn’t listen in practice, but I’m rumor-mongering.

    He has some skills, though.

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  5. This is the first good look I’ve had at Tchani. He’s a hoss, and has both speed and skill, but needs to calm down and find the right pass to sustain possession.

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  6. I don’t know; New York has shown some incredible maturity this season, and while they may not be as skilled as the Union, they keep composed and smart in adverse situations that a lot of players would crumble under. I have to wonder if this has anything to do with the arrival of Hans Backe.

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  7. I can’t imagine that Philly won’t score some goals today. This is basically their first team, playing against NY reserves, who are certain to make some mistakes that the Union will exploit.

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  8. The link takes you to the right place but the default tab is features. You have to click the MLS LIVE tab to the left to get the stream.

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  9. The Stream isn’t working for me, can someone please provide an alternative? Can’t find one anywhere.

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  10. dang that cougar life girl is audrey bitoni i think.. smoooking! what do you expect for attendence its tuesday and its a play in

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  11. There was one camera production at the HDC for the LA-NY 1st Open Cup play-in in 2008. And it wasn’t streamed. I can’t believe people are complaining about attendance and production for this game. Frankly it’s a miracle it’s on at all.

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  12. Apparently it’s about 500-1000. Which is more people than the first play-in game in 2009 against San Jose, or the first play-in game in 2008 against LA.

    Let’s not pretend like Open Cup play-in games draw more than a handful of people. It’s weak smack talk.

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  13. Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuunion! Torres as the CM maestro will send a beautiful through ball to Mwanga for his first professional goal. Jacobson out wide is a little confusing, I would have liked to seen Salinas on the right side. I also would have liked to seen Knighton at goalie.

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