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Shorthanded Union Fall to Red Bulls for 3rd-straight Loss

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    Shorthanded Union Fall to Red Bulls for 3rd-straight Loss
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    Shorthanded Union fall to Red Bulls for 3rd-straight loss

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    CHESTER, Pa. -- Playing down a man and working through heat that required league mandated water breaks, the Union valiantly battled but were unable to overcome the obstacles as they fell to the New York Red Bulls, 2-0, Sunday at Talen Energy Stadium.
     
    While the contest was marred by referee decisions, the loss was still the Union's third straight, dropping their record to a near Eastern Conference-low, 4-7-4. On the other side, the victory was the Red Bulls' second in their last seven matches as they move to 7-7-2.
     
    The match changed drastically in the 53rd minute. It was scoreless when Union midfielder Derrick Jones, playing for injured Alejandro Bedoya, received a straight red on what was interpreted as a studs-up midfield challenge on Felipe that sent the Red Bulls player screaming and grabbing at his ankle. 
     
    Although Felipe wasn't injured and on replay, the tackle looked more clumsy than aggressive from Jones, the rookie put the Union at a disadvantage. From there, it was the Bradley Wright-Phillips show.
     
    Wright-Phillips broke through in the 87th minute when a Kemar Lawrence cross from left to right found the scorer on the inside of his defender and able to deflect the helper past Andre Blake. Wright-Phillips scored again in stoppage time, this time from Sal Zizzo to cement the 2-0 victory.
     
    But the Union did have their chances early. While neither team was particularly sharp in the opening 45 minutes of the scorching Sunday contest, the Union were the more dangerous side. Their best chance came in the 22nd minute when Chris Pontius outplayed Damien Perrinelle on a bounce into the Red Bulls box. The veteran attacker flicked a quick shot targeted for the far side that Luis Robles gloved away miraculously. 
     
    Pontius nearly capitalized again off a Ray Gaddis play into the box but headed it wide to end the half.