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Freddy Adu was having a day. The Philadelphia Union midfielder was toying with the New York Red Bulls defense, pulling off amazing moves and setting up Philly forwards with chance after chance. The game had all the makings of a banner day for Adu.
Then a second yellow put an end to Adu's day before the first half was even over.
Referee Jorge Gonzalez sent Adu off for a dive in the penalty area. After the match, Adu was still shaking his head at the decision. He insisted that he fell to the ground because he was lost his footing trying to avoid contact from Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty. Gonzalez wasn't buying any of it, pulling out the second yellow immediately (it should be noted that Adu's first yellow card came on a rough challenge on Roy Miller that some refs might have pulled out a red card for).
The red card Adu did receive left the Union a man down for more than 45 minutes in a match they eventually lost, 3-2, to the now first-place New York Red Bulls.
In case you missed it, here are the highlights and lowlights of Adu's bittersweet Sunday:
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