Jakob Glesnes goal gives Philadelphia Union 1-0 victory over New York Red Bulls in MLS playoffs
Jakob Glesnes has already scored mind-blowing goals for the Union, but the one he scored on Saturday could well surpass them all.
In the 123rd minute of the Union first round playoff game against the New York Red Bulls – yes, it’s the third minute of stoppage time after 90 minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of overtime – Glesnes crushed in a 25-yard blast to give Philadelphia a 1-0 victory.
The Union will host the winner of Tuesday’s Nashville-Orlando game (8 p.m., FS1 and Fox Deportes) in the second round on November 28 at 3 p.m. or 5:30 p.m.
Here are some observations on the game.
An hour before kick-off, the Union announced that Jamiro Monteiro and Olivier Mbaizo had been sidelined due to Major League Soccer’s health and safety protocols.
The team released a brief statement on the matter that did not detail exactly what happened to the two players, but offered various reasons that could rule out a player beyond testing positive for COVID-19. They include pending or inconclusive test results, quarantines due to “high-risk behavior” or “being in high-risk close contact” or “another disease unrelated to COVID-19. “.
Monteiro and Mbaizo were recently with their national teams, Cape Verde and Cameroon respectively, for the penultimate round of the African World Cup qualifiers. Cape Verde hosted the Central African Republic and visited Nigeria, while Cameroon faced Malawi in Johannesburg, South Africa, and hosted CÃ´te d’Ivoire.
Both players played in their teams’ two games, Saturday and Tuesday, then returned to the Philadelphia area. Monteiro returned to town on Wednesday and Mbaizo returned on Thursday.
Against the Red Bulls, rookie phenomenon Paxten Aaronson started in place of Monteiro in attacking midfield, and veteran substitute Alvas Powell started in place of Mbaizo at right-back.
If this was the first Union game you’ve been watching in a while, I hope someone warned you in advance that clashes with the Red Bulls are rarely pretty. Both teams use the same high-pressure game manuals and they tend to produce mind-blowing football instead of looking good.
They also knew they came into the day with a 0-13-10 combined this season by giving up the first goal. It was no surprise that they made it a priority not to start over this time.
The second half was much more open than the first, especially once Sergio Santos replaced Aaronson in the 61st minute. But neither team has scored more than one goal against the other in their three regular season games this year. So it was also not surprising to see this trend continue in the playoffs.
Aaronson was quiet most of the day on offense, with just 26 touches and seven assists completed in 11 attempts. But he came back to life just before the hour mark, with a quick run down the left wing in the 56th minute and a shot from the top of the 18-yard box on the Union’s next foray. .
Aaronson left in the 61st for Sergio Santos, which had an immediate impact – but almost did it the wrong way. In the 63rd, an attempt to recycle a ball by New Yorker AndrÃ©s Reyes hit Santos’ right elbow as he attempted to get him away from the ball. The Red Bulls players screamed for a penalty, but referee Fotis Bazakos didn’t give it and the video replay booth agreed.
Santos’ best regulating moment was in the 82nd, when he danced to avoid getting stuck on the baseline and set up a wide open Kacper Przybylko with the net open. But Przybylko took a wrong step and shot over the crossbar. And in the 107th, Santos was pushed by Cory Burke (who had replaced Przybylko in the 86th) with a superb cross, but he shot straight at Red Bulls goalkeeper Carlos Miguel Coronel – a former Union replacement.
Burke missed another big chance in the 116th when he shot point blank and was injured in a tackle from Gutman.
But Glesnes redeemed everything with his superb winner in the last minute.