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Knee-Jerk Reactions: New York City vs. Philadelphia

Hudson River Blue’s real-time reactions to City’s embarrassing 2-0 loss to Philadelphia

MLS: New York City FC at Philadelphia Union Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

“Knee-Jerk Reactions” is Hudson River Blue’s series of what we were thinking throughout the match. These were our unfiltered thoughts as they played out in real time — no editing, no revisions. Just raw, pure emotion.

Here is what I thought of New York City FC’s awful 2-0 defeat to the Philadelphia Union:

First Half

2’: What a play from City. Close, but no cigar

5’: ITS’s skill on the ball never fails to impress me

10’: Maxi needs to make that

26’: Philly has the momentum right now


43’: That was a soft call

HT: With the Red Bulls hot on their tail, NYCFC can’t afford to draw right now

Second Half

46’: Scary start. We gotta wake up...

48’: Is it just me, or did Maxi change his boots at halftime?

51’: That’s two wasted chances from Philly now in this half. City has to make them pay

57’: I know there’s still time. But that feels like game over. Terrible performance thus far. Also, why is David Villa already out?

72’: This is getting bad. NYC needs a goal, and right now

76’: Well, there’s the game. Poor on every level. Absolutely unacceptable performance

90’+5: Ronald Matarrita sent off for the dumbest tackle I’ve ever seen

FT: Yuck.