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USOC quarterfinal in pictures: Red Bulls Union 1 (3) – Union 1 (4)

PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand for Tuesday afternoon’s US Open Cup quarterfinal as the Union defeated the New York Red Bulls 4 -3 in penalty kicks after being tied 1-1 after regulation and extra time. Here’s a look at what he saw.

01The Union sent up bus loads of fans to Red Bull Arena…

02…and I do mean bus loads. They were briefed in groups by RBA staff before being allowed to their seats.

03Maurice Edu avoids the sliding Dax McCarty

04Ray Gaddis works the ball up the flank

05Sebastien Le Toux tries to shake off Connor Lade

06John McCarthy frustrating the Red Bulls and their fans

07Conor Casey cuts back on Damien Perrinelle

08Cristian Maidana flicks up to Sebastien Le Toux

09Chaco leaves Perrinelle behind

10With the Union down to ten men, Vincent Nogueira lays a soft pass across the goal mouth…

11…and Eric Ayuk deposits it into the back of the net

12Celebration, Ayuk style

13Sheanon Williams gets a face full of elbow from Sal Zizzo

14Fabinho takes the ball off the feet of Manolo Sanchez

15Nogs puts the moves on Sanchez

16Fred moving through the midfield

17Ethan White slows down Lloyd Sam

18McCarthy cannot get his hands on the ball before Bradley Wright-Phillips pokes it free

19Brian Carroll out touches Mike Grella

20McCarthy was kept busy all game

21Fernando Aristeguieta knocks heads with Matt Miazga

22Miazga doesn’t know it yet but he’s about to get his pocket picked by Aristeguita

23Lade had no defense for Fabinho and his flying crane move

24McCarthy continued to make saves during the extra time periods

25Referee Chris Penso must have been getting bonus money per cards given

26Nogs with the perfect placement during the penalty kick shootout

2737After nailing the winning penalty kick, Aristeguieta and McCathy started the celebration

28The Union piled on McCarthy after the win

29Applauding the fans for coming up for the game

For more photos, check out Paul’s Flickr page and feel free to leave comments.


  1. The looks on Wright-Phillips’ and Fabinho’s faces in the Nogueira picture are priceless.

    BWP: “Oh no he didn’t!”
    Fab: “HE’S A WITCH!”

  2. Andy Muenz says:

    “Referee Chris Penso must have been getting bonus money per cards given”
    Nope, just for cards against the Union. Pretty sure he got a deduction for cards given against the Cows.

  3. Caption on the Fabinho and Connor Lade picture provoked a chuckle. Gorgeous photos, thanks.

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