New York Red Bulls Must Improve On the Road After Loss at Philadelphia Union
May 6, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Union defender Oguchi Onyewu (5) controls the ball past New York Red Bulls midfielder Alex Muyl (19) during the first half at Talen Energy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

On Wednesday, Jun. 27, the New York Red Bulls face the Philadelphia Union to keep their 2017 USOC dreams alive.

  • New York Red Bulls
  • Philadelphia Union
  • June 28, 2017 @ 8 p.m. ET
  • Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ

The New York Red Bulls MLS regular season difficulties turn toward their US Open Cup match vs. Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

Wednesday’s match will be the beginning of their round of 16 in the tournament. The Houston Dynamo, Sporting KC, DC United, New England Revolution, Atlanta United, among others reached this late-stage level in the 2017 tournament. It will be RBNY’s second-consecutive trip to the round of 16, and against the same opponent.

Last year’s game ended in a disappointing 2-1 loss for a promising RBNY side. Mind you, it was a RBNY team which completed the MLS season first in the East.

The 2017 RBNY team hopes to capitalize on another USOC opportunity. In what many consider to be a rough season thus far, there are still opportunities to bring home silverware. Perhaps the most prestigious title in MLS is the US Open Cup trophy, which was never won by a New York side.

After a disappointing home loss to NYCFC, RBNY look to rebound against a Philadelphia side they faced just 10 days ago.

Jesse Marsch explained that the knockout game is “a perfect match to have, I think, at this moment.” He claimed that a perfect remedy to a big loss against a NY rival is another big game. This game, however, is a US Open Cup knockout game vs a team which knocked RBNY out the two previous years.

In RBNY’s favor, 10 days ago also served as a redemption match for a loss suffered earlier in the season to Philly. Some changes to the roster are expected for Wednesday’s match as it is the team’s fourth game in 14 days. RBNY’s bench is deep, however, with players such as Ryan Meara, Mike Grella, and Gonzalo Veron.

How do you rate the US Open Cup as an important title to win? As an original 1996 MLS team, is it expected for RBNY to win the US Open Cup?

Chris Sudol is a former college soccer player who now avidly supports the New York Red Bulls, Arsenal, and Barcelona, among many other soccer teams.