FT: #NYCFC's six-game unbeaten streak comes crashing down in 1-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union. Questionable final whistle from Drew Fischer, but whatever. GIF reactions only. pic.twitter.com/IpugsNGsz2— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) August 19, 2021
87’: NYCFC are running out of time. They have the fresh legs to make it work, but can they?
Thiago comes on for Santi, Gudi comes on for Malte. How Medina is still in this game is a mystery.
67’: Goal, Philly. They lead 1-0. This is annoying.
60’: Taty goes for the bike. He makes contact but it’s soft and easy for Blake to collect.
We’re off with the second half. NYCFC needs to mount some attacking presence and get goals.
23’: Santi comes agonizingly close. The ball is whipped hard and low into the box. Rodriguez meets it and attempts to curl it near-post, but it’s just wide of the mark.
15 minutes in. NYCFC haven’t established control. They haven’t been completely bad, but Philly has been applying the pressure. City have now shifted to three in the back.
We’re off in Philly! Can NYCFC make it seven straight unbeaten?
Rosters are out! Alex Callens moves back into the back four next to Maxime Chanot. James Sands enters the midfield next to Cacha Acevedo.
Elsewhere, Santi Rodriguez earns another start in the attacking midfield. Maxi Moralez is left off the sheet entirely.
New York City FC Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: Nicolas Acevedo, Valentin Castellanos
- International Duty: None
- Injury Report:
- OUT: Heber (knee)
Philadelphia Union Starting XI:
- Suspended: Olivier Mbaizo
- Suspended after next caution: Jakob Glesnes
- International duty: None
- Injury Report: N/A
Referees: Drew Fischer (referee); Logan Brown, Cameron Blanchard (assistant referees); Joshua Encarnacion (4th official); Geoff Gamble (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: August 18, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
Venue: Subaru Park, Chester, PA
Online streaming: YES App (live stream), ESPN+ (out of market)
TV: YES (tape delay)
Local radio: NYCFC.com/radio
The story: Having finally achieved 2nd place in the Eastern Conference, there are few teams as hot as NYCFC in MLS right now. The Boys in Blue have gone unbeaten in their last 6 league matches. While they do have two games in hand on the conference leading New England Revolution, they are also 12 points behind meaning they will have to maintain a good run of form in the second half of the season while hoping the Revs have a bit of a decline.
The club’s current challenge is in that of the Philadelphia Union who are three points behind City in the East and currently sit 5th in that Conference.
Philly is a formidable team without question. Led by longtime coach Jim Curtain, the Union have a wide selection of dangerous players at their disposal including goalkeeper Andre Blake and forward Sergio Santos. Both are exceptional at what they do.
Another tidbit worth mentioning is that NYCFC are currently the last team to beat the Union at home — a comfortable 2-0 win over Philly who were down to 10 men due to a red card. Since then, Philadelphia have gone unbeaten at Subaru Park with 5 wins and 2 draws in that span.
NYCFC will have to be at their best to take all three points in this key Eastern Conference matchup. Even with the first Hudson River Derby coming up on Saturday, City cannot afford to look past this hungry and solid Union side.
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.