Before Saturday's match, the Philadelphia Union had never tied or won on the road against New York Red Bulls. With Theirry Henry and Tim Cahill back in the lineup after missing time due to injuries, Philadelphia had their hand full securing a road point or win. Philadelphia's defense played strong and steady and secured their first road point at Red Bull Arena in a scoreless draw.
For a second straight game, Fabinho started at left back for an injured Ray Gaddis, and he stepped up his game. The entire Union's back line especially Fabinho and Amobi Okugo stepped up and played a very tight defense. Okugo successfully defended Henry, and prevented him for getting many open looks. If there is a player you don't want to leave open, Henry would be one of them.
On the offensive side, Philadelphia was able to produce some scoring opportunities. However, Red Bulls' keeper Luis Robles made some big time saves preserving the shutout. In the sixth minute, Connor Casey drove a ball to the lower left, but Robles stopped the strike.
In the second half, Sebastien Le Toux had a prime scoring opportunity in the 83rd minute. Unluckily, his blast hit the top of the crossbar and New York Red Bulls averted danger. Yet again, Robles denied the Union when Antoine Hoppenot shot towards the right side of the net was saved.
As Robles successfully thwarted off scoring chances, Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath played aggressive early on and had a solid 90 minute performance. While he was only credited with three assists, MacMath was forced to punch the ball out of the box on many occasions.
In the end, the Union will be pleased with their first point at Red Bull Arena. With the tie, the Union remain one point behind first-place New York and Sporting Kansas City. Kansas City plays Sunday against San Jose.