Sunday, September 21, 2014
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Live updates: Philadelphia Union at New York Red Bulls

After three straight league wins, the Union face their toughest test yet in John Hackworth's time as interim manager.

Live updates: Philadelphia Union at New York Red Bulls

Time: 2:30 p.m. EDT
Venue: Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J.
TV/Online/Radio: ESPN/ESPN3.com (Adrian Healey and Taylor Twellman, with Max Bretos and Alexi Lalas in the studio); WIP 610-AM (Tony Limarzi and Peter Pappas)

HARRISON, N.J. - Freddy Adu is out of the Philadelphia Union's lineup for today's game at the New York Red Bulls. The Union's media relations staff would only say that it is due to an "internal matter."

Adu was seen at Xfinity Live last night, and this is one example of fans who've sent me proof of it.

I doubt Adu would have been disciplined for this game as a result of that, though. The Union traveled to New Jersey yesterday, and Adu would have known prior to last night whether or not he was on the travel roster.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled game analysis...

After three straight league wins, the Union face their toughest test yet in John Hackworth's time as interim manager. The Union have never won at Red Bull Arena, and have not scored a goal in Major League Soccer's most spectacular edifice since April 27, 2010.

It will be incumbent on the Union to produce a performance not just equal to last May's against the Red Bulls, but even better.

With four of New York's usual starters out injured - goalkeeper Ryan Meara, defenders Rafael Márquez and Heath Pearce, and midfielder Jan Gunnar Solli - the Union's offense will have a chance to make a statement. That means players such as Jack McInerney and Michael Farfan and Freddy Adu will have an opportunity to take the spotlight if they step up.

But Carlos Valdés and the rest of the back line will still have plenty of work to do. Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper form Major League Soccer's most prolific forward tandem, with 21 goals between them.

Combine that with new signing Sébastien Le Toux and you have an even more formidable challenge. It's worth nothing that Le Toux scored in his first home game with the Red Bulls, just as he did with the Vancouver Whitecaps in March and the Union two years ago.

Thankfully, it won't be too hot this afternoon. The forecast high this afternoon is a pleasant 82 degrees, which should encourage a big crowd to turn out. But while Mother Nature gives us a break, there will be more than enough heat generated on the field - and in the stands - to make up for it.

The official kickoff time is set for 2:38 p.m., but it may be delayed if ESPN's British Open telecast is extended.

You can follow along below for live updates throughout the game from me and other reporters on press row. I'll post the starting lineups when they are announced an hour before kickoff.


Starting Lineups

New York Red Bulls (4-3-1-2)

Goalkeeper: Bill Gaudette
Defenders: Roy Miller, Wilman Conde, Markus Holgersson, Brandon Barklage
Midfielders: Connor Lade, Dax McCarty, Joel Lindpere 
Forwards: Thierry Henry; Sébastien Le Toux, Kenny Cooper

Bench: GK Jeremy Vuolo; Ds Jonathan Borrajo, Stephen Keel, Tyler Ruthven; Ms Mehdi Ballouchy, Victor Palsson; F Jhonny Artega

Philadelphia Union (4-3-3)

Goalkeeper: Zac MacMath
Defenders: Gabriel Farfan, Amobi Okugo, Carlos Valdés, Sheanon Williams
Midfielders: Brian Carroll, Michael Lahoud, Michael Farfan
Forwards: Lionard Pajoy, Jack McInerney, Josué Martinez

Bench: GK Chris Konopka; Ds Chris Albright, Raymon Gaddis; Ms Keon Daniel, Gabriel Gómez, Roger Torres; F Antoine Hoppenot


Pregame Injury Report

New York Red Bulls

Out: GK Ryan Meara (right hip injury), D Rafael Márquez (left calf injury), D Heath Pearce (right hamstring injury)*, D Jan Gunnar Solli (right hamstring injury), MF Teemu Tainio (right knee sprain), F Jose Angulo (right knee sprain)

* - Pearce's injury has also ruled him out of next week's Major League Soccer All-Star Game at PPL Park. He had been voted to the team as part of the fans' First XI. Pearce will be replaced by San Jose Earthquakes defender Justin Morrow. 

Philadelphia Union

Out: F Krystian Witkowski (concussion symptoms)
Doutbful: D Bakary Soumaré (right knee menisectomy recovery)*
Questionable: M Michael Farfan (right groin strain), M Zach Pfeffer (left quad contusion), F Chandler Hoffman (left big toe fracture)
Probable: D Cristhian Hernandez (left ankle sprain)**

* - Although Soumaré is officially listed as doubtful, he tweeted Friday that he was not named to the Union's travel roster for the game

** - Hernandez is listed as a defender on the injury report and as a forward on the Union'sofficial website. I know he's a versatile player, but I'm going to ask for a clarification on that.

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Jonathan Tannenwald Philly.com
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