Match Recap | Philadelphia Union 1-2 NYCFC

Philadelphia Union goals: Callins 63 d.

New York City goals: Morales 65′, Thales Magno 88′

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New York City FC traveled to Subaru Park on Sunday to face Philadelphia Union in the club’s first Eastern District Final. A tense match kicked off when Alex Callins scored an unfortunate own goal in the 63rd minute. This was canceled almost immediately by Maxi Moralez’s close-range finish two minutes later. The match continued back and forth until the 88th minute when two substitutes – Jodi Thorarinson and Thales Magno – combined for the Brazilian to score from close range. It was enough to win and New York City were crowned Eastern District Champions – to secure their place in the MLS Cup.

the summary of the match

New York City FC was hoping to make more history on Sunday afternoon as they faced the Philadelphia Union in the Eastern Conference Final.

Head coach Ronnie Della made one change to the starting lineup that beat New England Revolution on penalties last time, with striker Heber replacing suspended Tati Castellanos.

The match started at a strong pace as the hosts looked as if they were going to start up front. This forced the first fifteen minutes to take place with few chances and little rhythm of action.

In the 31st minute, the hosts managed to seize an opportunity on the right side and that forced defender Alex Callens to make an important interception and turn the ball back for a corner.

This was followed by an effortless six minutes later by Kacper Przybylko. The Polish striker managed to run back and shoot a long shot, but goalkeeper Shawn Johnson saved it.

The second half started with a chance for Leon Flach to open the scoring, but Johnson blocked his efforts. The rhythm of the game began to stabilize, allowing for more continuous possession as both teams tried to exercise a sense of control.

In the 55th minute, a beautiful combination between Heber and Santiago Rodriguez allowed the latter to return the ball to Jesus Medina to shoot the ball, but his effort was comforting for the goalkeeper.

Coach Ronnie Della made the bold decision to introduce a trio of substitutes in the 58th minute and that saw Heber, Medina and Malt Amundsen substitute for Thales Magno, Ismael Tagouri Shradi and Jodi Thorarinson.

It was the hosts who took the lead in the 63rd minute, when a cross from Daniel Gazdag unfortunately turned into his own goal by Kalins.

New York City got down to business, issuing an immediate response after Maxime Chanot’s effort bounced from a distance into the area. After some pinball in the penalty area, Maxi Morales set foot on the ball and converted it from close range.

The visitors thought they had taken a lead in the 76th minute when a good set-ball allowed Callins to head toward goal, but Philadelphia managed to clear it.

They wouldn’t be rejected in the 88th minute, however, after some stubborn play by Thórarinsson on the left, he was allowed to steal the ball and arrange it across the goal for Talles Magno to hit home.

There was almost a third in the 91st minute when Morales’ clever running back allowed him to volley on target from a tight angle that went just wide and went out of play.

Now asked to find out the final minutes of the game, the boys in blue did just that to be crowned Eastern Conference champions and secure their place in the 2021 MLS Cup Final.

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