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Game Thread: Philadelphia Union 3 NYCFC 1, Final (MLS Eastern Conference final)

Curtin put Burke on for the final 30 minutes and it changed the dynamic of the game

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90+3’- Final Whistle!!! The Union are on the way to the MLS CUP Final and are the last remaining team in the East!

90’- 3 minutes is all that stands between the Union and a trip out west.

88’- Mistake made by Johnson and just gets away with it as he mistimes the back pass.

87’- NYCFC takes their corner quickly and hits it to the side of the net.

83’- NYCFC with only their second corner for the game and it was easily handled by the Union.

82’- The U was close to making it 4 unanswered but Johnson is able to jump on the ball before Gazdag was able to chip it in off the return pass from Carranza.

77’- Philly puts another one in the back of the net! Burke stays up and is dancing around some players, he is able to pick up the ball again and sends it straight to the back of the net. Union up 3-1.

75’- After an attacking sequence by NYCFC, Blake is able to get a hand on it to get it cleared out of the Union’s end of the field.

72’- Wagner lines up for the third corner of the night and NYCFC is able to clear it out.

67’- GOOOOOAAALLLLLLL for the Philadelphia Union. Carranza heads it to a late-running Gazdag who is unmarked and he makes it 2-1.

65’- Off the restart from the sub the Union gets play underway quickly and delivers the ball to Carranza who converts it for a goal. We are tied 1-1.

65’- NYCFC’s Pereira is replaced by Parks

62’- Union making a sub bringing Burke on for Uhre.

60’- Insane save by Blake who extends his arm to keep the ball from going into the net.

57’- Moralez gets NYCFC on the board first with a one-time shot from outside the box. NYCFC 1-nil.

55’- Throw in for Wagner here after a shot from Philly goes out.

53’- Allen Chapman is stopping the game as there was a late challenge by Uhre. Off the restart, Rodriguez goes down as he hears Glesnes coming towards him.

46’- Game gets back underway, as expected Bedoya has come off and McGlynn is now on to finish out the conference final.

Half Time Stats

Philadelphia Union
Shots – 4
Shots on Goal – 2
Possession – 40.2%
Fouls -12
Yellow Cards – 1

NYCFC
Shots – 4
Shots on Goal – 1
Possession – 59.8%
Fouls – 5
Yellow Cards – 0

45+3’- Halftime Whistle is blown and teams are heading to the locker room at 9:19 pm.

45+1’- Carranza gets behind the defense and picks up the ball that was sent over the top, however he gets a weak shot off and it is saved by Johnson.

45’- The fourth official signal we will have at least three minutes before the half.

39'- Martinez is shown a yellow card for a late tackle for taking the ankles out of an NYCFC player.

34'- Play is stopped as it looks like Johnson got clipped by Carranza, who was trying to strike the ball as he wraps it up.

29'- Blake makes his first save of the game, and it is an easy, comfortable one for him.

20'- Another corner here for the Union, and they are allowed to line up offsides this one. Wagner is set. His service is driven to the center of the penalty area, and it gets cleared by NYCFC.

16'- Set piece for the Union from near the corner flag. Wagner sends it to the middle of the net, and Gazdag puts it into the back of the net. But wait a minute, the assistant ref has the flag up for offsides. Still 0-0.

13'- Wagner gets a long shot, and NYCFC's Sean Johnson gets down for the save.

12'- The first corner of the night for the Union is from the near flag. Wagner sets up, and the service is driven to the far flag, but NYCFC can get a head on it and clears it out.

8'- Martinez is called for a foul in the top of NYCFC's side of the field.

6'- NYCFC's Moralez earns the game's first foul, giving the Union a free kick from about 35 yards out. The service is sent over the top but eventually is called for offsides because of NYCFC's high defensive line.

1'- The conference final is underway in Chester. The Philadelphia Union are in the night navy, dark blues, and are attacking towards the River end.

Starting Lineups

Philadelphia Union

New York City FC

How to Watch
Where: Subaru Park; Chester, PA
When: 8:25 p.m.; Sunday, October 30th, 2022
TV: FS1,FOX Deportes
Radio: Fox Sports The Gambler 1480 AM, 102.5 FM, 104.5 HD2
Audio Streaming: iHeart Radio App

Officials
Referee: Allen Chapman
AR1: Kyle Atkins
AR2:Cameron Blanchard
4th Official: Victor Rivas
VAR: Edvin Jurisevic
AVAR: Tom Supple

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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