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Philadelphia Union win first playoff game in franchise history

October 20, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Philadelphia Union News Release

CHESTER, Pa. - Philadelphia Union won their first playoff game in franchise history in front of a sellout crowd. In the first playoff game at home since 2011, the club came back from a two goal deficit twice in the game to beat Red Bulls 4-3 in overtime. After two early goals from Red Bulls, Alejandro Bedoya opened up the scoring for the Union with a goal in the first half. The Union went down another goal right before halftime. Jack Elliott scored at the 52' mark, followed by the equalizer by Fafa Picault. Marco Fabian finished the game for the Union with a goal at 105+1 to give the Union their first playoff win in franchise history. The Union return to action for the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Semi Final-on Thursday, October 24 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (8:00 p.m. ET / ESPN2).

Philadelphia Union 4 - New York Red Bulls 3

Talen Energy Stadium (Chester, Pa.)

Sunday, October 20, 2019


Referee: Chris Penso

Assistant Referees: Jeremy Hanson, Eric Boria

Fourth Official: Joe Dickerson

VAR: Robert Sibiga

Attendance: 18,530

Weather: 55 degrees and rainy


NY - Josh Sims (Kaku, Marc Rzatkowski) 6'

NY - Tim Parker (Unassisted) 24'

PHI - Alejandro Bedoya (Haris Medunjanin) 30'

NY - Tom Barlow (Unassisted) 45'+4'

PHI - Jack Elliott (Unassisted) 52'

PHI - Fafa Picault (Sergio Santos) 78'

PHI - Marco Fabian (Fafa Picault) 105'+1'


PHI - Jamiro Monteiro (caution) 36'

PHI - Alejandro Bedoya (caution) 58'

NY - Tim Parker (caution) 107'

PHI - Ilsinho (caution) 108'

NY - Cristian Casseres Jr. (caution) 114'


Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Raymon Gaddis, Jack Elliott, Mark McKenzie, Kai Wagner; Haris Medunjanin; Alejandro Bedoya (Warren Creavalle 112'), Jamiro Monteiro; Brenden Aaronson (Fafa Picault 72'); Andrew Wooten (Ilsinho 62'), Sergio Santos (Marco Fabian 103')

Substitutes not used: Joe Bendik; Aurelien Collin, Matt Real

New York Red Bulls: Luis Robles; Rece Buckmaster, Tim Parker, Aaron Long, Kemar Lawrence; Marc Rzatkowski, Cristian Casseres Jr.; Josh Sims (Alex Muyl 29'), Kaku (Sean Davis 70'), Daniel Royer (Brian White 97'); Tom Barlow (Bradley Wright-Phillips 84')

Substitutes not used: Ryan Meara; Connor Lade, Bradley Wright-Phillips, Sean Nealis


The Union played their first playoff home game since 2011 and took away their first ever playoff victory after beating NYRB 4-3 in overtime... Before tonight, the Union had played four total playoff games, scoring three total goals in that time... the Union have now scored seven total goals in five games

The club had the third highest shots in a playoff game in MLS history with 31 (10/29/05 Dallas vs. Colorado, 37; 11/6/13 Sporting KC vs. New England, 32)

Alejandro Bedoya scored the Union's first playoff goal of the season. It's his second overall playoff goal, the first coming in 2016 vs. Toronto.

Jack Elliott scored his first career playoff goal, bringing the Union within one during the second half.

Fafa Picault scored the equalizer in the game, for his first career MLS playoff goal as well as picking up his first career playoff assist.

Marco Fabian scored the game-winning goal in overtime that ultimately sends the Union to face Atlanta.

Haris Medunjanin and Sergio Santos both picked up helpers during the match.

Andre Blake made his third Audi MLS Cup Playoffs in net.

The Union return to action for the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Semi Final-on Thursday, October 24 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (8:00 p.m. ET / ESPN2)

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