FT: An insane second half surge sees NYCFC defeat Philadelphia 4-2!
Despite going behind twice, City never faltered. Their first two tally’s were both by way of Maxi Moralez penalties — both drawn by Taty Castellanos — while Taty capped it off with two classy go-ahead goals in the second half. This was absolutely a statement game for the Boys in Blue against a high-seeded team and without some key hands at their disposal.
That is 12-straight games unbeaten in all competitions. It’s time to stop sleeping on the Boys in Blue.
83’: Ebenezer Ofori comes on for Tajouri-Shradi.
78’: GOOOOOOOOAAALLL!!!! Taty collects his brace on a sublime one-two with Maxi!
It doesn’t get much better than this, folks. City has come into this second half with a fire inside and it shows. What a connection between the two Argentineans!
72’: GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL!!!! Taty Castellanos beats Freese at his near post to put the Blues up 3-2!
What a buildup from NYCFC. Arguably the best of the game for either team. Keaton Parks and Maxi were responsible for most of the movement. And what a finish from Taty whose star continues to burn bright.
65’: Momentum has swung into City’s favor. They’ve been the better team this half.
59’: I gotta admit — for what this game has lacked in prettiness, it’s made up for in physicality and aggression.
And I kinda like it.
54’: Penalty called! Once again, drawn by Taty!
Maxi steps up to take it again and... SINKS IT!!! You little genius! We’re tied at 2-2!
We’re back for the second half. Can the Boys make a comeback?
HT: NYCFC trail the Union 2-1 after a physical and sloppy first half.
Defensively, the Blues have not looked sharp and have allowed Picault & Co. to exploit the backline and create dangerous chances. Maxi’s PK remains the only tally for City as of now.
30’: Philly retake the lead on a class goal from Przybyłko.
It was poor defense for NYCFC who applied no pressure whatsoever in the buildup. Chanot over-committed on a challenge and was left in the dust as the Union easily worked it into the middle where the magic happened.
22’: Auston Trusty brings down Taty in the box. The referee points to the spot for a PK!!!
Maxi Moralez steps up to take it... AND IT’S A GOAL!!!! 1-1 game in the Bronx!
17’: Tinnerholm almost nets the equalizer! His shot (sorta) beat the keeper, but a Philly defender is there to keep it out of the goal.
7’: City go down early after a goal from Picault.
It was some shoddy defending from NYCFC’s backline as Picault was able to chest it down, play a touch, and fire it past Stuver. Not a good start at all.
And we’re off in the Bronx! Can City continue their unbeaten streak against a formidable Union?
Rosters are out! NYCFC return to the 3-4-3. Due to being shorthanded, the team has two goalkeepers on the bench while Keaton Parks and Maxi Moralez are responsible for covering the middle of the park.
New York City Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: Maxi Moralez (M)
- International Duty: Sean Johnson (GK), Alexander Callens (D), Ronald Matarrita (D)
- Injury Report: OUT: James Sands (D) - broken arm, Joe Scally (D) - hip injury, Tony Rocha (D) - hamstring injury, Heber (F) - hamstring injury
Philadelphia Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: None
- International duty: Andre Blake (GK)
- Injury Report: OUT: Warren Creavalle (M) - right foot fracture, Olivier Mbaizo (D) - (left knee meniscus/LCL sprain); QUESTIONABLE: Marco Fabian (M) - left ankle sprain, Michee Ngalina (F) - lower body injury
Referees: Alex Chilowicz (referee); Richard Gamache, Gjovalin Bori (assistant referees); Marcos DeOliveira (4th official); Jose Carlos Rivero (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: June 29, 2019, 7:00 pm.
Venue: Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, NY
Online streaming: Fox Sports Go
Local radio: WNYE 91.5 FM — English, ESPN Deportes AM1050 — Spanish
All-time series: In a rematch of 2018’s Eastern Conference knockout round, New York City FC battles the Eastern Conference leading Philadelphia Union in a key match. To date, the two clubs have met 10 times with NYCFC getting the better of the two a total of 6 times to Philly’s 3, with the remaining game being a draw.
Despite being extremely hot as of recently — having gone unbeaten in their last 13 games, all competitions — City will have to field a less than optimal team due to them missing a total of 7 players — including stars Héber, Sean Johnson, and James Sands — going into tonight’s match. Philadelphia will be missing star goalkeeper Andre Blake due to international duty. But apart from that, the Union seem relatively well off.
Missing players notwithstanding, NYCFC could still yield a positive result tonight if Keaton Parks continues to show out the way he did during the USOC matches over the past few weeks. Ebenezer Ofori has also returned to the team from international duty, giving the Blues a bit more depth at midfield should they need it. Plus, don’t sleep on Juan Pablo Torres!
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.