FT: Philadelphia 2, New York City 0. A fully deserved win for the Union. They thoroughly out-classed the Pigeons in the second half, and it wasn’t particularly close. They could have scored another one or two goals easily.
There are no positives here for New York City. Jesus Medina had to leave the game injured late, with what looks like a hurt hamstring. Ronald Matarrita got a needless, undisciplined red card for striking out at Ilsinho, so he’ll be suspended. New York City were just absolutely uninspired in the second half, and showed no real sign of getting back into the game.
About the only good thing that happened was that the Red Bulls drew with Vancouver, but even so — this does not look like a team that’s going to win a Derby game on Wednesday, let alone win any trophies this season.
95’: RED CARD MATARRITA. What an unacceptable challenge from Matarrita! He and Ilsinho had gotten into a scrap minutes earlier. As Ilsinho held the ball, Matarrita went in with a high kick, fully intending to injure Ilsinho. He gets the red card, and it’s fully deserved.
90’: We’ve got five minutes of stoppage time left.
88’: There’s just nothing left in the tank for New York City. This is a tired team, playing like a tired team, and just devoid of any offensive ideas.
83’: This isn’t good. New York City might have to finish the game with 10 men. Medina looked like he tweaked his hamstring. He’s being attended to by a trainer. New York City are out of substitutions.
80’: New York City have 10 minutes to create something out of nothing. Meanwhile, Torrent makes his final sub: it’s Rodney Wallace on for Ismael Tajouri-Shradi.
75’: Goal, Ilsinho. Philadelphia 2, New York City 0. The Brazilian absolutely shreds the backline, dancing right through them to score. As I wrote just now: the Union were much more likely to score a second. They did. This is shambolic from a supposedly elite squad.
This is all you need to know about this: the Pigeons have allowed 2+ goals in nine of their last 10 games. This started under Vieira, and Torrent hasn’t been able to fix this, either.
72’: New York City are just devoid of ideas here. Philadelphia is in control here, and they look much more likely to score a second than New York City look to score an equalizer.
64’: This might be something to keep an eye on — Torrent takes Alex Callens off for Ronald Matarrita. You really have to hope this is a tactical substitution, and not one for injury reasons.
58’: Philadelphia are 7-1 when scoring first. This is going to be a pretty massive half-hour of soccer coming up for the Pigeons. They really don’t want to be going into a mid-week Derby off a loss to a team that they’ll face to close out the season — and potentially in the playoffs.
57’: Goal, Cory Burke. Philadelphia 1, New York City 0. This was a well-deserved goal for the Union. It comes after some lovely build-up play by the Union, and to be fair, it was coming. Philadelphia have created the chances in the second half, and the Pigeons have been slow and flat.
55’: Torrent makes his first sub — it’s David Villa coming off for Jesus Medina. Villa’s played well, but New York City have the Hudson River Derby on Wednesday.
51’: The Union come close again! This time it’s C.J. Sapong who skies a golden opportunity. New York City have begun the second half on the back foot.
45’: We’re off — and Accam comes so close! Right off the restart, Accam comes incredibly close to putting Philadelphia in front. His shot — bent around a stretching Johnson — misses just wide.
HT: We’re scoreless at the half. New York City’s had the run of possession, but they’ve done precious little with it. Philadelphia have done excellently to stay in this game, and could’ve gone ahead on multiple occasions. It’s basically the same old story: the Pigeons are just not sharp enough in the final third on the road.
40’: It’s now raining here in Chester, PA. We’ll see how it affects play. There have been some slips on the grass here.
38’: If anything, New York City’s been a bit too passive. While they’re content to hold possession, and to build up play, they really haven’t done much with that possession. Lots of build up, with not much to show for it. Philadelphia’s high line and defensive solidity have done a lot to frustrate the Pigeons here.
31’: Oh, what a missed opportunity for New York City. Berget runs at the defense, and teases Andre Blake away from goal. He then feeds the ball to David Villa. Villa has an open net — and cannot get the ball on frame!
26’: This is a pretty even game thus far. Both teams have had their chances thus far, and it’s a fairly open game thus far.
20’: You have to applaud New York City’s patience here. They’re just content to hold on to the ball, and force the Union to chase the game. Meanwhile, they’re using their control of the ball to look for weak spots in the Union defense.
15’: Philadelphia and New York City have exchanged gilt-edged chances that have gone begging. First, the Pigeons — Moralez had a chip opportunity laid on a platter, but he puts it wide right. Then David Accam takes on the NYC backline, schools them, but can only shoot straight at Sean Johnson in the end.
8’: After a frenetic start, the game’s settled in. New York City are controlling the pace of play with possession, as is their won't. The traveling supporters — around 500 or so — are enjoying this, and making it known.
2’: Close from Maxi Moralez! The game is barely a minute old, but David Villa pounces on an errant pass, then slots it to Moralez, who forces an excellent save from Jamaican standout Andre Blake.
1’: We’re off! New York City are wearing their home sky-blues, Philly is rocking an all-navy ensemble.
Rosters are out! Sean Johnson returns to the starting lineup after missing the last couple of games injured. The defense will certainly welcome that. Speaking of the defense, Maxime Chanot is back in the starting lineup. Jesus Medina — whom former manager Patrick Vieira is rumored to want as an acquisition — is on the bench. So is newcomer Eloi Amagat. Valentin Castellanos will miss the game through injury.
New York City Starting XI: Johnson; Sweat, Callens, Chanot, Tinnerholm; Ofori, Ring, Moralez; Berget, Villa (c), Tajouri-Shradi.
Bench: Stuver, Ibeagha, Matarrita, McNamara, Amagat, Wallace, Medina
- Suspended: none
- Suspended after next caution: MF Tommy McNamara
- International Duty: none
- Injury: OUT: MF - Yangel Herrera (ankle surgery), D - Cedric Hountondji (hamstring injury), MF- Valentin Castellanos (quad injury)
Philadelphia Starting XI: Blake; Gaddis, Trusty, Elliott, Rosenberry; Bedoya, Dockal, Medunjanin; Accam, Burke, Sapong
Bench: McCarthy, Fabinho, Marquez, Creavalle, Jones, Epps, Ilsinho
- Suspended: MF - Fafa Picault
- Suspended after next caution: F - Sebastian Giovinco
- International Duty: None
- Injury: OUT: D - Mark McKenzie (left knee sprain); QUESTIONABLE: MF - Ilsinho (right quad strain), MF - Adam Najem (right hamstring strain), D - Josh Yaro (illness)
Referees: Fotis Bazakos (referee); CJ Morgante, Craig Lowry (assistant referees); Alejandro Mariscal (4th official); Edvin Jurisevic (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: August 18, 2018, 7 pm.
Venue: Taken Energy Stadium, Chester, PA
Online streaming: ESPN+
Local radio: WNYE 91.5 FM — English; WADO 1280 AM — Spanish.
All-time series: New York City and Philadelphia have played seven times since the Pigeons joined MLS in 2015. New York City leads the series with four wins to Philadelphia’s two, and there’s been a solitary draw. In their last meeting at Talen Energy Stadium, New York City came away with a 2-0 victory.
You’d expect New York City to be the favorites tonight, and you wouldn’t be wrong. But this is a better Union team than in years past; they’re in the thick of the playoff race, and they’ll be certain to put up a fight. Combine that with the Pigeons’ struggles on the road this year, and a looming mid-week Hudson River Derby, and this has all the makings of a trap game for New York City.
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.