New York City FC vs. Philadelphia Union | 2019 MLS Match Preview

2019 MLS Regular Season — Week 17
New York City FC vs. Philadelphia Union
 Yankee Stadium — Bronx
June 29 - 7:00 PM ET


New York City FC put their unbeaten home record on the line Saturday night when they host the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia Union at Yankee Stadium. 

NYCFC (5-1-8) return to MLS play from the Gold Cup break after making a bit of history in the U.S. Open Cup, winning their first two matches in the competition, including a come-from-behind 2-1 win over D.C. United at Audi Field in the Round of 16. Alexandru Mitrita canceled out Wayne Rooney's opening goal and Ismael Tajouri-Shradi followed with the decisive goal three minutes later to lead the Cityzens, who are unbeaten in their last 10 league tilts, into the USOC quarterfinals. 

The Union (9-4-5) extended their unbeaten streak to four matches and maintained their lead atop the East by rallying for a 1-1 draw against the New England Revolution Wednesday at Gillette Stadium. Kacper Przybylko struck for the 84th-minute equalizer with a poacher's goal, canceling out Brandon Bye's first career goal in the first half.

New York City FC

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Joe Scally (D) - hip injury
    • OUT: James Sands (D) - broken arm
    • OUT: Tony Rocha (D) - hamstring injury
    • OUT: Heber (F) - hamstring injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: Maxi Moralez (M)
  • International duty:  Alexander Callens (D), Ronald Matarrita (D), Sean Johnson (GK)

Philadelphia Union

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Warren Creavalle (M) - right foot fracture
    • OUT: Olivier Mbaizo (D) - (left knee meniscus/LCL sprain
    • QUESTIONABLE: Marco Fabian (M) - left ankle sprain
    • QUESTIONABLE: Michee Ngalina (F) - lower body injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:  None
  • International duty:  Andre Blake (GK)

Series Matchup at NYCFC

  • NYCFC: 3 wins, 9 goals
  • Union: 0 wins, 5 goals
  • 1 draw


  • Referee: Alex Chilowicz
  • Assistant Referees: Richard Gamache, Gjovalin Bori
  • 4th Official: Marcos DeOliveira
  • VAR: Jose Carlos Rivero

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