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Can NYCFC win their second straight against a heavily favored Union side on the road? Watch live on YES with us!

MLS: New York City FC at Philadelphia Union Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports

FT: NYCFC win their second straight in a big 2-0 win over a 10-man Philadelphia!

There’s plenty you could say about NYCFC’s inefficiency in the final third. But overall, I don’t think there’s much to complain about after that game. As mentioned earlier, City were definite underdogs coming into to this one. And a fast start and constant pressure forced Philly into mental and tactical mistakes, including an early red card.

New York City need to keep the momentum up as they go into a hard matchup against Orlando City on the road next weekend.


83’: Red card or no red card, Philly have been thoroughly outplayed all game. City has been on the Union like stink on rice. They started off strong, have kept up the pace, and have dominated the run of play. Philly were the overwhelming favorites coming into this one. And City have done nothing but beat them around.


75’: NYCFC make two changes. Malte Amundsen for Gudi and Cacha Acevedo for Keaton Parks. Earlier, City subbed on Ismael Tajouri-Shradi on for Alfredo Morales.


65’: GOOOOOOAAAALLLL!!!! NYCFC capitalize on a defensive miscue!

It was a long time coming. And how it came was odd indeed. But Taty is there to seize upon a misclick in the Union’s defense, touches it around Blake, and Rabona’s it to throw salt in the wound. City lead 2-0!


60’: Jeez. Three changes for the Union. NYCFC might need to consider making their own soon to match that energy.


55’: City’s ball movement in the final third has been great. The issue is: the finishing ain’t there. All they need is one more goal and this game is probably over.


50’: Blake makes another big save. City just can’t find that second goal.


47’: Taty looks off today. Maybe the drama this week is on his mind.


Second half incoming! Can City put this one to bed? They’re in good position, but they can’t lose focus. Keep attacking!


HT: NYCFC enter the halftime locker room up a man and a goal.

City were quick off the blocks with Medina grabbing an early goal in just the 5th minute. Ten minutes later, the Boys were given further help with Philadelphia earning a red card and going down to 10 men. Since then, NYCFC have mounted the pressure but have yet to bury that dagger.

Defensively, they’ve been solid with only a few minor hiccups and nothing too dramatic or anxiety inducing. But that second goal needs to come. Just in case.


36’: Where has this Medina been? He’s all over the pitch and making things happen.


33’: One of these shots needs to test Blake in net. City are up a man and Philly’s attack has been suspect all night. If they’re serious about pulling off this upset, then they need put some distance between them and the opposition.


31’: Keaton had a golden opportunity there. Unfortunately, he can’t get a good touch and is dispossessed.


29’: NYCFC force a turnover. Maxi puzzlingly tries to take the shot himself. A lucky deflection forces Blake into a save corner for City.


20’: OH NO! A big miss from Taty.

Gudi’s cross was on the money. But Castellanos couldn’t handle it on the bounce.


15’: That’s gotta be a red card. The man legit threw his hand at Taty’s face.

Sure enough, it is! Philly will be down to 10 men for the remainder of evening.


5’: GOOOOOOAAAALLLLLL!!!! City off to another great start!

NYCFC spur a counter in the middle of the park. Jesus Medina takes his space before sending Anton Tinnerholm through down the right. The Swede centers the ball where Medina pounces on it and guides it past Andre Blake. NYCFC lead 1-0!


We’re ready to go in Philly! This is gonna be a tough one for NYCFC. But a little hope never hurt anyone!


Rosters are out! In a shock turn of events, NYCFC seems to be giving the 3-back at go tonight with Gudi Thorarinsson and Anton Tinnerholm as wide midfielders. Alfredo Morales earns his first MLS start while Sebastien Ibeagha gets a start at center back. It’s possible Maxime Chanot was injured in training as he isn’t on the bench.


Rosters

New York City FC Starting XI:

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International Duty: None
  • Injury Report:
  • OUT: Thiago Andrade (visa)
  • OUT: Heber (knee)
  • OUT: Tony Rocha (hamstring)
  • QUESTIONABLE: Gedion Zelalem (hamstring)

Philadelphia Union Starting XI:

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report:
  • OUT: Ilsinho (groin)
  • OUT: Jack de Vries (concussion)

Referees: Ismail Elfath (referee); Kathryn Nesbitt, Jose Da Silva (assistant referees); Matthew Franz (4th official); Adam Wienckowski (VAR)


How To Watch

Match date & time: May 1, 2021, 7:30 PM ET

Venue: Subaru Park, Chester, PA

Online streaming: Fox Sports App, ESPN+ (out of market)

TV: YES

Local radio: NYCFC.com/radio

The story: Beating the underwhelming FC Cincinnati 5-0 is one thing. While a heavy win is always welcome, New York City FC didn’t turn too many heads by beating up on a team that is obviously still firmly rebuilding.

But tonight, the Boys in Blue take on the strong Philadelphia Union on the road. And this is a game that will show where City truly are.

If there’s anything playing into NYCFC’s favor, it’s that the Union have a midweek fixture due to the CONCACAF Champions League. This kind of match congestion gave City fits last year before the season was indefinitely put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. How Philly handles it could determine whether or not City can come out the other end with another three points in hand.

This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.