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HRB Roundtable: Reactions to NYCFC's loss in the Eastern Conference Finals

Hudson River Blue’s panel of experts discuss NYCFC's disappointing loss to Philadelphia Union: What went wrong, what went right, and if Nick Cushing is our guy.

He did all he could | Photograph by Katie Cahalin, courtesy

Welcome to the latest edition of the Hudson River Blue Roundtable, in which John Baney, Andrew LeighAnthony McKennaand Rafael Noboa y Rivera reflect on New York City FC’s 3-1 loss to Philadelphia Union in the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals.

First, let’s get your emotional responses. How are you feeling?

Raf Noboa y Rivera: Actually, OK. Does losing suck? Sure. But it’s not like City lost to a team they should’ve beaten. They made the conference final, played reasonably well, and had a shot to win. You can’t really ask for much more than that.

Andrew Leigh: Disappointed at how it ended in Chester, but overall impressed that the team weathered so many different adversities faced in 2022 and made it back to a Conference Final. Would prefer to be looking ahead to another MLS Cup, but I’m not overly shocked that this version of NYCFC lost to a very strong Philadelphia team.

John Baney: Frustrated with yesterday, but proud of the team and the season as a whole.

Anthony McKenna: Mostly just sad. The anger and frustration from past seasons isn’t there. Just sad that the season is over and we couldn’t shut up Philly fans for good. Being able to fall back on a championship from last year helps a ton.

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