The Philadelphia Union are fresh off a tough 1-0 loss at the hands of Real Salt Lake. Tough result from a tough game to play in the first place. Giving them winning the four straight games before them, one bad game is to be expected. It happens. It’s sports. Saturday afternoon they looked to turn it around again against an ailing New York City FC team. The team is without Rodney Wallace and Yangel Herrera as they are on international duty with Costa Rica and Venezuela respectively. The Union are currently without captain Alejandro Bedoya as he is on duty with the United States.
Philadelphia Union Drop Second Straight; Lose to NYCFC
In the 11th minute, a through ball to NYCFC’s Maxi Moralez saw him clear on goal with only Andre Blake to beat. Despite his short stature, he shot it way high and the chance was wasted.
Shortly thereafter, an Ilsinho shot from about 30 yards out was saved away by Sean Johnson. Ilsinho in the last few weeks has changed his style of play in his new role. Now that he plays the no.10 role instead of out wide, he has taken much more shots then before.
The 32nd minute was the biggest chance for NYCFC in the half. A ball headed out by Chris Pontius from a corner kick fell to Alex Ring. Who teed the ball up and pinged it off the post. The ball fell to David Villa and his shot was fantastically saved by Andre Blake from point blank range. The ball would then be forced wide and the Union could take a breath.
In the 39th minute, an injury scare for the Union occurred. Oguchi Onyewu went down in the box after going up for a header from a corner kick. He could not recover and was forced to come off minutes later after trying to play through it. Richie Marquez would come on for the first time since the L.A Galaxy game April 29th.
Halftime would arrive and it would remain 0-0. NYCFC looking faster and hungrier at the moment but Andre Blake is single handedly keeping Philadelphia in this game.
In the 49th minute, a Union free kick was given. Haris Medunjanin, known for his free kicks, stepped up and slipped while he took the shot. The ball was easily saved by Johnson
Six minutes later, the Union were gifted a counter-attack sequence. Chris Pontius had the ball in the box, shoved defender and former Union player Ethan White down, took a curling shot that was pushed away by Johnson. The subsequent corner kick led to nothing.
In the 67th minute, Maxi Moralex led a charge down field. He laid the ball off to David Villa who then sent the ball over Andre Blake and hit the crossbar. Shockingly the game would remain 0-0.
Well, not for too much longer. In the 69th minute, C.J Sapong slid a through ball to Fafa Picault. Picault took a touch, cut inside the box and slotted it past Johnson to give the Union the 1-0 lead. It is Picault’s third goal of the year and as many in five games.
Joshua Yaro made his season debut after coming on for Warren Creavalle. Yaro missed the majority of this season with shoulder surgery
Ten minutes later a NYCFC corner kick finally gave them the goal they were so close to scoring. David Villa delivered the ball to Maxime Chanot who headed it near post and into the net. That is Chanot’s first goal of the year and it came at a good time.
And it wouldn’t end there. In the 85th minute, the second center back for NYCFC Alexander Callens knocked home a set piece ball and gave NYCFC the lead. And from there, the game would end. The Union lose their second straight and drop points. Player of the Game has to go to Andre Blake, who saved seven balls in total for the second straight game.
The Union return home two Sundays from now against the New York Red Bulls. After losing two straight, the team needs a result soon to continue their hopes for the playoffs.