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Game Thread: Philadelphia Union 0 Vs New York City FC 2, Final

Union are looking to walk away with their first 3 points for the 2021 MLS Season



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Game Update

90+3’ – Final Whistle here at 9:31 p.m. It was tough for the Union to get anything going on their end when you spent most of the game down a man.

90+1’ – We will have at least three minutes of extra time here. Also City is making a few changes here.

90’ – Union earn a free kick on the right ring of the penalty box. It doesnt connect with anyone and goes out for a free kick.

87’ – Giving and Go goes a little too far for NYCFC inside the box. However the Union fouls them outside the box and the free kick ends up with a goal kick.

85’ – We have another Union sub here with Sullivan, making his MLS regular season debut, is replacing Burke.

82’ – Free kick here for the Union after przybylko goes down. Nothing comes from the free kick.

78’ – Lets just forget about this free kick that the Union had. They were about 40 yards out and tried a quick restart. It sounded like the ref blew it dead, however Sean Johnson grabs the untouched ball and sends it flying up field.

76’ – City making a few changes here.

73’ – Burke’s cross from the right side of the box is blocked. The ball goes out for a goal kick.

71’ – Union making a change here pulling Bedoya and replacing him with homegrown player McGlynn.

69’ – Union trying to get an attack going down the right side. However they turn it over in the box for a NYCFC counter. The counter lead to an easy stop by Blake.

65’ – Glesnes miss hits it off the chest and turns the ball over right in front of Blake. NYCFC is there to convert the miscue into a goal.

63’ – Union finally doing something here in the final third, including getting their first shot on target and it just hits the top of the net.

60’ – The changes have been made and its Przybylko for Santos,Wagner for Real and Flach for Fontana.

59’ – Jim Curtin talked at Half about trying to get to the 60’ and keeping the game still at 1-0. Looks like the three starters who were resting will be coming into the game.

55’ – Glesnes does a great job to block the ball, but does a poor job of keeping control of it.

53’ – NYCFC corner kick gets delivered into the box. Union couldn’t clear the ball and New York is able to get a shot off, but it is saved by Blake.

49’ – Blake stretches out to push the ball out of the net. Monteiro goes down on the pitch and thankfully walks off on his own.

46’ – Second half underway.

Half Time Stats

Philadelphia Union
Shots – 3
Shots on Goal – 0
Possession – 30.6%
Fouls – 5
Yellow Cards – 1
Red Cards – 1

Shots – 9
Shots on Goal – 3
Possession – 69.4%
Fouls – 5
Yellow Cards – 3

Halftime whistle was blown at 8:26 p.m.

45+3’ – Union with a corner kick from the right flag, and it gets cleared by NYCFC.

45+2’ – We have ourselves another Yellow card for NYCFC and a free kick for the Union. The kick ended up doing nothing.

45’ – Minimum of three minutes here for stoppage time.

40’ – Blake says I’ve had it, as he punches the ball out with both hands.

38’ – Monteiro has entered the ref’s book.

36’ – Union showing tired legs here as they keep turning the ball over or missing passes and going right back on defense. Basically we need a spark.

33’ – NYCFC moving the ball around here. Thet are up a man and are moving it well from the left side to the right side of the pitch. The shot from the top of the box goes out for a goal kick.

29’ – Save by Blake! Blake pushes the ball to go over the crossbar setting up a corner for NYCFC. Kick goes to the far post, the header just gets punched out by Blake.

25’ – MLS’ reigning ref of the year isn’t playing around tonight, as he hands out his third card of the evening. NYCFC’s Ibeagha has been booked with a Yellow.

18’ – New York’s Morales earns a Yellow Card. Through 20 minutes we have spent a bunch of time in the U’s defensive side of the field.

16’ – CONFIRMED. Union playing the rest of this game down a man. After Martinez is shown a Red card for his contact with the NYCFC player.

15’ – Martinez earns himself an early Yellow Card. We are also now looking at it for a possible Red card.

12’ – First set piece from NYCHC and Blake comes off his line to catch the ball.

9’ – Martinez is back down on the pitch. Two times in just thr first 10 minutes of play is not a great sign.

8’ – Mbaizo does a good job to deny a NYCFC cross from the left side of the penalty box. It goes out for a goal kick.

5’ – Martinez loses the ball on the attacking side and NYCFC is able to take it all the way up the field for a goal. NYCFC 1-0.

2’ – Union’s Santos and Burke are on the ground after they both collide in the air.

1’ – Game on. Kickoff happened at 7:38.

Starting Lineups

Philadelphia Union


For the Philadelphia Union, Jack de Vries is out still with a concussion. Ilsinho is also out with a groin injury. NYCFC will be without Thiago Andrade and Herber. Listed as questionable for the team is Tony Rocha and Gedion Zelalem, both are dealing with hamstring issues. All of the names listed here is from the league’s player availability report.

How to Watch
Where: Subaru Park, Chester, PA
When: 7:30 p.m.; Saturday May 1
Radio: Fox Sports The Gambler 1480 AM and 105.3 HD2
Audio Streaming: iHeart Radio App, Fox Sports The Gambler
Video Streaming: (in the Philly area), ESPN+ (Outside of the Philly area)*
* BrotherlyGame has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though BrotherylGame and SB Nation may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links.

Referee: Ismail Elfath
Lineman 1: Kathryn Nesbitt
Lineman 2: Jose da Silva
Fourth official: Matthew Franz
VAR: Guido Gonzales Jr.
Ast. VAR: Adam Wienckowski 

Sean Sullivan is an Associate Editor for Philadelphia Soccer Now/Brotherly Game, where he has spent the past few years covering game day events for the Philadelphia Union. In his day job, he oversees creative and studio production for a corporate event streaming company based in the Philadelphia region.

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