NYCFC left Talen Energy Stadium with a win over a struggling Philadelphia team on Friday. The only change to the starting 11 that NYCFC have seen so far this season being the return of Ethan White at right back over the failed experiment last week with Fredric Brillant.
The Philadelphia Union would come out pressing high up the field and forcing a handful of dangerous turn overs in the NYCFC defensive half including 3 shots on goal in the opening 10 minutes.
NYCFC would respond with multiple opportunities of their own, all run through Alexander Ring. Ring had an impressive first half that included a near chip of Union keeper Andre Blake, a back heel flick to a wide open David Villa for a shot on goal, and 3 other key plays to create a cross, a through ball, and stop a break away from Union midfielder Ilshinho.
NYCFC would go up 1-0 in the 51st minute off a tap in from Jack Harrison. The play would start from Ronald Mataritta stripping the ball off a lethargic looking Keegan Rosenberry, and sliding the ball in behind the Union back 4 to an oncoming Jack Harrison to slot past Blake for the goal.
Rodney Wallace would get a golden opportunity to put NYCFC up by 2 in the 67th minute, after a deflection from a sliding Andre Blake would leave the net open and Wallace 15 yards out. Wallace would lightly tap the ball only to have it bobble to the goal slow enough for the Union defenders to recover and clear the ball. The poor half-hearted shot would be Wallace’s only one on target of the night, with only 2 shots all together.
In the closing 20 minutes of the game NYCFC would have multiple chances including a Moralez shot high, 1 Villa shots deflected, 1 Villa shot over, and finally the David Villa chip shot from more than 50 yards out that would just barely find the few inches between the 6’4” Andre Blake, and the cross bar.
Philadelphia Union are winless this season with 4 losses and 2 draws. Despite leading the league in chances created, the Union appear to be having trouble finding consistent goal scorers. Charles Sapong has scored 3 of their 5 goals this season. If they don’t find a way to start converting their chances soon, Union head coach Jim Curtin will be at risk of being fired.