The Union and New York City FC have always had epic games against each other and today was no different. The Union however, were missing their captain Alejandro Bedoya as he is off playing with the United States national team. Although, a bright spot for the blue and gold was having Josh Yaro back in the 18 as he is finally healthy enough to play.
The first half didn’t have many chances, although in the 31st minute NYCFC almost hit the back of the net. Midfielder Alex Ring hit a shot that blasted off the post and landed to David Villa’s foot. Villa hit a hard shot that resulted in a huge save by Andre Blake. In stoppage time, David Villa had another chance that saw Andre Blake make another splendid save to keep the game at 0-0.
However after a corner kick late in the first half Oguchi Onyewu clashed heads with Jack Harrison. Oguchi eventually had to come out of the game and was replaced by Richie Marquez. The Union will learn later on that the injury will have impact on them later in the game.
There weren’t many chances in the 2nd half until the 69th minute where Fafa Picault connected on a chance to put the Union up 1-0. After a failed play in the other end where David Villa was shoved into the ref, C.J. Sapong played a through ball to Picault who made a streaking run into the box. Picault curled one past Sean Johnson and put the Union up 1-0.
Sadly for the Union, that result would not hold as NYCFC a little over 10 minutes later leveled the game. In the 80th minute Maxime Chanot headed in a corner kick from Maxi Moralez to make it 1-1.
Losing Onyewu would prove to be big because he is such a huge presence during corner kicks, and NYCFC struck again off a corner kick in the 85th minute. After a header and pass, the ball landed at David Villa’s foot who hit another hard shot that Blake saved but couldn’t hold onto. Defender Alex Callens tapped in the rebound to put NYCFC up 2-1.
No more chances for Philly resulted in a 2-1 loss. After the international break, the Union will be hosting the D.C. United on June 24th.