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Photo essay: New York Red Bulls 1-1 Philadelphia Union

The Philadelphia Union headed up the turnpike to Red Bull Arena for a weeknight game against rivals New York Red Bulls. This is the second time the two teams have met, with another game scheduled this season on September 29. With Andre Blake away for international duty, Matt Freese registered his first start for the 2021 season. This came to an end in the 59th minute with a red card, allowing Joe Bendik to make his first appearance for the season in the same night. Jakob Glesnes made his 30th career start and Jose Martinez his 20th.

The game was filled with everything a rivalry should be made of. Physicality on the field, drive and focus to win, controversial hits and yellow cards and a few calls that almost ended up with fights, filled the night.


Starting lineups for both teams stand during the singing of the national anthem.


The Red Bull fans at the start of the game against the Union.


Jose Martinez works his magic on the ball while being pressured by Fábio Roberto Gomes Netto and Wiki Carmona.


Daniel Gazdag took a shot that was a little wide on goal. Jamiro Monteiro reacts to the play.


Olivier Mbaizo and John Tolkin battle for the ball on the sideline. Olivier Mbaizo would later receive a yellow card for contact with Tolkin.


Jim Curtain responds to a yellow card given to Olivier Mbaizo.


Kai Wagner muscles through to stay on his feet as Cristian Cásseres Jr tries to go through him for the ball.


Jamiro Monteiro receives the ball on the outside of his foot, keeping possession against Dru Yearwood.


Leon Flach defends Thomas Edwards as he comes down the field looking to take a shot on goal in the first half of the game.


The Sons of Ben making noise for the boys in blue.


Matt Freeze holds Wiki Carmona, denying a goal-scoring opportunity resulting in a red card. He will miss the next game vs DC United.


Referee Victor Rivas, issues a red card to Matt Freese for denying a goal scoring opportunity.


Joe Bendik hugs Matt Freese as he leaves the field for the night after receiving a red card.


Patryk Klimala celebrates his goal coming by penalty kick.


Kia Wagner slides into the ball, stopping Fábio Roberto Gomes Netto from taking it up the field.


Jim Curtain reacts to the the hit that took down Jamiro Monteiro.


A yellow card is shown to Dru Yearwood for a hit on Jamiro Monteiro. The teams react to the play.


Jack Elliot boots the ball as Fábio Roberto Gomes Netto tried to defend him.


Kai Wagner gets between Joe Bendik and Omir Fernandez, helping to block a goal.


While a Red Bulls player gets medical attention on the sideline, the game continues with Olivier Mbaizo defending Patryk Klimala.


The Homegrowns react to Sergio Santos goal.


Olivier Mbaizo is flipped by Wiki Carmona when he went up for the header.


Sergio Santos reacts to getting pushed and thrown on the sideline after the ball went out of bounds by Thomas Edwards.


Kyle Duncan agrees with the referee’s call after a fowl against Sergio Santos, Jamiro Monteiro is shown a yellow card in stoppage time making him ineligible to play in the next game against DC United.


Alejandro Bedoya heads the ball while Cristian Casseres challenges him. Jamiro Montiero and Tom Barlow watch the play.


The Union’s next game is at home on Saturday night, July 17, 2021 against DC United.

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