October 2, 2023

Union’s Season Comes to an End in Eastern Conference Finals Loss to NYCFC


AP Photo/Chris Szagola

Unfortunately, the Philadelphia Union’s season has come to an end after a remarkable playoff run and season.

The Union came into the game heavily shorthanded missing 11 players including five starters and many key substitutes due to COVID protocol. The five starters were made up of goalkeeper Andre Blake, defenders Kai Wagner, Jack Elliot, and Jakob Glesnes, who had played every minute of this season before tonights game, and captain Alejandro Bedoya.

Despite this, the team put up a very valiant and commendable effort and gave it all they had.

They played very decent in the first half, but found themselves ties at zero at the half. They finally opened up the scoring in the 62nd minute. An own goal gave the Union a 1-0 lead.

Just 90 seconds later, Maxi Moralez tied it at own a piece with a finish.

It all came down to this, would the Union pull off a shorthanded victory or would NYCFC pull out the victory? It went the opposite way for the 19,487 packed in at Subaru Park.

Talles Magno silenced the crowd with a goal at the spot in the 88th minute to give New York a 2-1 lead. And that basically did it.

I know this team’s success will carry into next year as well and we will be back. Expect to see a very talented and young core playing a major factor in the team’s success next year.

In all, a great season by everyone and I’m so lucky I got to witness such great soccer. See you next year everyone!

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