New York Red Bulls edge Philadelphia Union 2-1 to move on in US Open Cup qualifying

Posted by | April 28, 2010
Philadelphia Union
New York Red Bulls

Red Bull Arena
(Harrison, NJ)
Recaps: NYR | PHI
Photos by Scott Marsh

New York hosts New England at Red Bull Arena on May 12, 8 p.m.

On Saturday, April 24, the New York Red Bulls and the Philadelphia Union kicked off what many expect to be one of the best regional rivalries in Major League Soccer. Their league match, played at Red Bull Arena, finished with the Red Bulls winning 2-1. Three days later, they would meet again in a US Open Cup qualifying match at Red Bull Arena and New York would emerge victorious by the same score to move on to the next round.

Conor Chinn scored his first two professional goals for New York to lead the way, but the story of the match was the goal and, more importantly, the injury to Sebastien Le Toux. The Frenchman, who is one of the Professional Era’s leading goalscorers, made the score 2-1 in the 68th minute, but was stretchered off the field in the 82nd minute.

New York will host the New England Revolution on May 12 at Red Bull Arena in the next round of qualifying. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. The winner of that match will play the Colorado Rapids in a “Win & You’re In” match at a date to be determined.

Conor Chinn, who scored two goals for New York, battles for the ball with Philadelphia Union's Shea Salinas. Photo: Scott Marsh | ASN

Chinn, who was a third-round draft pick out of the University of San Francisco, opened the scoring in the 16th minute. It started when Brian Nielson crossed a ball from the left wing which was cleared back up the center of the pitch to Seth Stammler who fired a low driving shot toward goal. The ball was stopped by Union goalkeeper Chris Seitz, but he was unable to control the ball and it got behind him and Chinn tapped it home uncontested to give the home side a 1-0 lead.

He would add a second before the halftime break when Sinisa Ubiparipovic sent Luke Sassano free down the right wing, who crossed the ball to the front of the goal where Chinn crashed the net, and re-directed the ball into the net before colliding with Seitz.

Le Toux, Philadelphia’s leading scorer, would come on as a second half sub in an effort to tie the game. He would get the job half-done after Christian Arrieta controlled the ball and crossed to Le Toux who got a touch on the ball and sent it past Greg Sutton to make it 2-1.

14 minutes later, Le Toux would go down with an MCL strain, leaving Philadelphia shorthanded for the remainder of the match because they used their fourth and final substitution already.

Scoring Summary:
NY – Conor Chinn (Unassisted) 16th
NY – Conor Chinn (Luke Sassano) 41st
PHI – Sebastien Le Toux (Cristian Arrieta) 68th

Philadelphia Union — Chris Seitz; Shea Salinas, Michael Orozco, Danny Califf (C), Toni Stahl (Cristian Arrieta 45); Roger Torres (Alejandro Moreno 45), Andrew Jacobson, Amobi Okugo, Nick Zimmerman (Stefani Miglioranzi 45); Danny Mwanga, Jack McInerney (Sebastien Le Toux) 64

New York Red Bulls –- Greg Sutton; Luke Sassano, Carlos Mendes (Chris Albright 45), Andrew Boyens, Danleigh Borman; Siniso Ubiparipovic (Irving Garcia 83), Seth Stammler (C), Tony Tchani, Brian Nielsen (Austin da Luz 58); Juan Agudelo, Conor Chinn

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