It was Cory Burke who provided the eventual game-winner for the Union, who picked up their second win of their league campaign to even up their record at 2-2-2 and give them eight points through six matches.
The Union were dealt an early scare when goalkeeper Andre Blake collided with defender Jack Elliott shortly after kickoff while both players were trying to clear a ball in the box, resulting in a delay as each were checked out by the trainers. Both players were cleared to resume and finished out the match.
Philadelphia's opener via Burke then came just a few minutes later, as the Jamaican forward ran onto a perfectly weighted ball from Jamiro Monteiro and did well to slot his shot past RBNY goalkeeper Carlos Miguel Coronel.
The Red Bulls had perhaps their best look at an equalizer just shy of the hour mark, when Patryk Klimala collected a ball into the box that deflected off Blake, allowing the Polish forward to send in a dangerous cross back across goal that no teammate was able to finish off.
Both teams pressed for a goal throughout the rest of the second half as the Union had multiple decent looks at extending the lead and RBNY looked for an equalizer, but neither would find a breakthrough, allowing Philadelphia to see out the 1-0 result.
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- THE BIG PICTURE: It's the type of professional performance we've come to expect from this Philly group, who are contending with a jam-packed schedule at the moment between the start of their league season and Concacaf Champions League obligations. Getting all three points in this one without Kacper Przybylko in the starting XI made it all the more impressive, and afforded the standout striker some much-deserved rest.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: RBNY's chance on Klimala's 58th-minute cross could have changed the match entirely and put the visitors in prime position to steal a road point and potentially snatch all three if they could have finished it. Instead, the chance went begging and RBNY never would find their leveler.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Cory Burke gets the honors for coming through with the early finish that turned out to be all his team needed on the night.