March 23, 2023

Multiple VARs and a W Later for Union over NYCFC

Photo by Yong Kin/Philadelphia Inquirer

The Philadelphia Union took on New York City FC Sunday at Subaru Park in an incredible brawl. The Union came out on top with a 2-1 victory in a very nerve-racking game to take over first place in the East.

The Union gave themselves an early lead in the 9th minute with a goal from Mikael Uhre off a cross from captain Alejandro Bedoya. The Union were able to keep their lead at 1-0 the rest of half and could have extended their lead multiple times but were unable to do so.

As the game progressed, things were getting very heated in the game and many players were getting chippy. In fact, a scuffle broke out and one of the Union’s trainers was shown a red card. Even though the play was getting chippy, the Union kept their heads and things were looking very good for them until the 89th minute. During an NYCFC attack, Union star Kai Wagner slid to try and block a cross but unfortunately, the ball deflected off of his hand and it was a penalty. Although, at first the referee did not see this and it looked like it would be a corner until VAR took a look at it and ruled it a penalty. With that, NYCFC tied the game up with a made penalty.

The Union responded very well after the goal and in the 96th minute, the Union took the lead off a crazy deflection by Cory Burke. The goal was originally called offside but VAR took a second look and overturned the offsides call and the goal stood. The Union went on to win the game 2-1 in a thriller.

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