The Philadelphia Union came into tonight’s came riding a virtual roller coaster of emotion. After a letdown in the hope opener to Inter Miami, and a throttling of Atlanta United FC, Philly looked to finally get into a consistent grove and play their best soccer. In their way tonight stands New York City FC a team with a lot to prove that would mind knocking off the defending supporter shield champions.
.The home team found themselves in a hole early on against NYC. In 5′ a goal got pass usually sure handed goalkeeper Andre Blake and the Union fell behind one zip. Philly would struggle mightily in the early going, unbale to get in to any rhythm offensively. Matters got even worse when a red card was issued to Jose Martinez in the 18′. Although the Union offense has be stifled the defense did begin to pick up. A great save by Blake in the 28′ kept the deficit at 1. As the half began to wind down scoring opportunities continued to be few and far between. Philadelphia went in to the 35 minute without attempting a single corner and were killed in possession, managing to have the ball only 29.8% off the time.
The second half saw a lot of back in forth. The 61′ minute saw Kacper Pryzbylko sub in for Sergio Santos in an effort to give the Union a change of pace. It did little to help though as NYC added another goal in the 65′ to take a 2-0 lead. With the outcome almost in hand Philly tried to mount some offense but just couldn’t get anything going. They were suffocated at every turn and half hearted, lackadaisical defense prevented them from gaining any extra possessions. When all was said and done the Union would lose their second straight at home 2-0