Miserable season ends in a miserable way
October 20, 2019

Philadelphia New York
10.20.19 · Playoff

The season was not lost when, in extra time, a deflected cross sailed over the head of Luis Robles and into the net.

The season was not lost when, with 12 minutes left in regulation, the shortest player on the field headed in the game-tying goal.

The season was not lost when Metro couldn't cross the halfway line for almost the entire second half and extra time.

The season was not lost when, early in the second half, Philly scored to reduce the deficit to one. Yes, reduce to one, because Metro entered the half with a two goal lead, blitzing Philly from the opening whistle. First, Josh Sims with his first Metro goal, with a fantastic shot from outside the box. Then, Tim Parker, off a corner kick, brilliantly redirecting the ball into the bottom left corner.

The season was not lost when Sims was taken off the field with a concussion midway through the first half. Philly did score right after, but Metro regained the two-goal (supposed) cushion four minutes into injury time. Andre Blake muffed a free kick, it fell to Tom Barlow, who put Metro up 3:1.

The season was not lost when Rece Buckmaster started the game.

The season was not lost when, knowing that Michael Murillo has regressed to absolute feces, the best Red Bull could do was sign Buckmaster from the reserve team.

The season was not lost when Bradley Wright-Phillips' injury reduced him to a shell of his former self.

The season was not lost when, after Tyler Adams departed -- and knowing for well over a year that he will depart -- the Red Bull brass failed to sign anyone to replace him.

The season was not lost when, instead of signing players who could help the team, Red Bull decided to waste over 2 million on a middling prospect who might not be good enough for the USL.

The season was lost when Jesse Marsch handed over the reigns to Chris Armas.

Lineup: Robles, Lawrence, Long, Parker, Buckmaster, Casseres, Rzatkowski, Sims, Romero Gamarra, Royer, Barlow. Subs: Muyl, Davis, Wright-Phillips, White.

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