In a rematch of last season’s Eastern Conference Finals New York City FC fell to the Philadelphia Union by a final of 2-0, in what was a beautiful day at Yankee Stadium.
NYCFC who had just gotten in from a highly emotional Concacaf Champions League Match, had to keep themselves motivated and energized throughout the day. Those who were in attendance could tell the team was a tad sleepy, especially when you looked at the Union who were able to strike early and often at the net.
Philadelphia took an early lead as Alejandro Bedoya converted on an early goal from 12 yards out. There was a bit of controversy during the day, as there was a VAR review of a red card that at first favored the Boys in Blue but then was reversed and went the way of the Philadelphia Union.
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The visiting side were able to double their lead in the 33rd minute thanks to a goal by Daniel Gazdag. The Boys in Blue were able to get themselves a tremendous opportunity thanks to the combination of Keaton Parks and Andres Jasson who unleashed a fierce drive that wounded up on the side of the net.
Taty Castellanos was able to find Parks who had a tremendous opportunity during the stoppage period, but that chance just went wide.
New York City FC came alive in the Second Half of play and played some tremendous defense, as they were countering the Philadelphia attack. Sadly, though a lot of the New York City FC chances were unable to find the back of the cage and the Boys in Blue were left empty handed.
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There was a bit of a milestone during the game as Nicolas Acevedo, who was brought into the game as a substitute, made his first appearance for New York City FC. Acevedo has made several appearances in the youth ranks of Uruguay and impressed in his play at the right back position.
New York City FC will be on the road as they will take on Toronto FC on Saturday, April 2 at 4 p.m. at BMO Field.
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