March 23, 2023

Union Beat Rival NYCFC, Headed To LA For MLS Cup

Philadelphia Union's Alejandro Bedoya, center, lefts the trophy as the Union celebrate winning the MLS Eastern Conference following an MLS soccer match against NYCFC, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022, in Chester, Pa. The Union won 3-1 and clinched the MLS Eastern Conference title. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

On Sunday night, the Philadelphia Union took on New York City FC in the Eastern Conference Finals at Subaru Park. In a loud, rowdy clash between the teams, the Union came out on top in a 3-1 victory and are headed to the finals for the first time in club history.

In the first half of the game, it started pretty open with both teams getting chances in the attacking third. However, both teams managed to keep each other off the board and go into half 0-0.

Maxi Moralez struck first and put New York up in the 57th minute and left Subaru Park silenced for a moment.

However, things changed for the Union when they subbed for Cory Burke in the 62nd minute. His energy sparked a light in the rest of the team and the Union wasn’t ready to give up. This led to a Julian Carranza equalizer in the 65th minute. Just 2 minutes later, the Union struck a phased New York side and took the lead with a Daniel Gazdag goalazo.

With the lead and Subaru Park’s electric energy, the Union couldn’t be stopped and New York was in trouble. In the 76th minute, Cory Burke sealed the game for the Union with a rocket into the top netting.

The Philadelphia Union remained unbeaten all season long at home and have been very strong all year. They are headed to play LAFC next Saturday in the final.

The Union has struggled away all year long but with the trophy on the line, hopefully, they improve their play on the road. It will be a challenge facing a talented LA team away but the Union, with the most goals, scored and lowest goals given up, will provide a challenge for LA as well.

One more win.

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