Match Recap: Philadelphia Union v NYCFC

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The Union continued their MLS Regular Season campaign this evening, as NYCFC came to Chester. New York City had come off a 5-0 win over Cincy, while the Union were soaring high from their 3-0 beatdown of Atlanta in the CONCACAF Quarterfinals 1st Leg.

Starting XI



Real, Elliot, Glesnes, Mbaizo

Monteiro, Martinez, Bedoya


Santos Burke



Ibeagha, Callens, Sands


Thorarinsson, Parks, Medina, Tinnerholm

Castellanos Moralez

First Half Summary

NYC came out aggressive, with Castellanos testing Blake in the first minute. A turnover from Martinez in the fifth minute then led to a goal from Jesus Medina. The Union were scrambling, and a strong counter left Blake with limited help to make the save.

Martinez wasn’t on for long to redeem himself, as he was first shown a yellow in the 15th minute for a foul on Castellanos. VAR was quickly called, and the replay showed Jose’s right hand forcefully coming down on Castellanos’ face. The official only briefly reviewed the play before he sent Brujo off for the night.

Things remained tense between the sides, as Morales was soon given a yellow for a tough foul on Santos.