In extra-time, Marco Fabian scored a terrific goal as the Philadelphia Union rallied from a pair of two-goal behind to beat the New York Red Bulls by 4-3, in Round One of the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs Sunday at Talen Energy Stadium.
The Manager called Mexican off the bench in extra time, and magical substitute put a shot that deflected off Marc Rzatkowski and went inside the far post in stoppage time of the first extra-time session as the Union celebrated their first MLS Cup Playoffs win. They advance to take on host Atlanta United in the Eastern Conference Semifinals Thursday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Josh Sims of The Red Bulls raced in front in the sixth minute and scored the very first goal since arriving on loan from Southampton. Rzatkowski intercepted a ball in midfield and passed towards Kaku, who further slipped it to to the winger. Sims took just two touches before aiming his extraordinary shot from 19 yards out past goalkeeper Andre Blake.
Tim Parker was given an advantage of a Blake blunder, which doubles the Red Bulls’ lead in the 24th minute. Blake went for a shot but missed. A Kaku cornered, and then Parker took a header to shoot the ball into the net.
Alejandro Bedoya, the captain of the Philadelphia Union, put a charge in the crowd and took his team to extra motivating touch and shot a goal six minutes later. It was a first-time effort inside the post off a Haris Medunjanin free-kick. But the Red Bulls’s Tom Barlow countered the two-goal edge on the final play of the first half, again cleaning up after Blake failed to get a strong punch on a Rzatkowski free-kick while colliding with defender Mark McKenzie.
When Jack Elliottfollowed Sergio Santos’ header off the crossbar by heading the rebound, The Union came out of the break buzzing and again pulled to within a goal back across the goal in the 52nd minute.
Fafa Picault came off the substitute’s bench in the 78th minute, and then he leveled it, in latching onto a Santos cross and heading past Luis Robles before Fabian shook Talen Energy Stadium with his historic winner.