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

2019 MLS Regular Season Week 31
Philadelphia Union vs. New York City FC
Talen Energy Stadium – Chester
October 6 – 4:00 PM ET


The Philadelphia Union will hope to wrap up the second seed in the East when they host an NYCFC team that already clinched the top seed when the Eastern Conference foes meet at Talen Energy Stadium on Decision Day presented by AT&T. 

The Union (16-10-7) suffered a 2-0 loss to Columbus Crew SC at MAPFRE Stadium Sunday, a second defeat in three games that secured the top seed in the East for NYCFC. Youness Mokhtar and Pedro Santos scored four minutes apart midway through the second half for Crew SC.

NYCFC (17-6-10) had a chance to secure the top seed, and the Concacaf Champions League berth that goes with it, but fell to the New England Revolution, 2-0, at Gillette Stadium. Teal Bunbury and Gustavo Bou scored second-half goals and Matt Turner made six saves to lead the Revs back to the postseason. 

In the first meeting this season June 29 at Yankee Stadium, Taty Castellanos scored a pair of goals and drew a pair of penalty kicks, both converted by Maxi Moralez in a 4-2 win. Fafa Picault and Kacper Przybylko scored first-half goals for Philadelphia.

Philadelphia vs. NYCFC

Sunday, October 6 at 4:00 PM ET
Talen Energy Stadium


Philadelphia Union

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Sergio Santos (F) - right hamstring injury
    • OUT: Alejandro Bedoya (M) - right quad strain
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:  None
  • International duty:  None

New York City FC

Project Starting XI
    • Injury Report:
      • OUT: Keaton Parks (M) - hamstring injury
    • Suspended: None
    • Suspended after next caution: None
    • International duty:  None

    Series Matchup at Union

    • Union: 3 wins, 7 goals
    • NYCFC: 2 wins, 5 goals
    • 0 draws


    • Referee: Drew Fischer
    • Assistant Referees: Jeff Hosking, Gjovalin Bori
    • 4th Official: Fotis Bazakos
    • VAR: Geoff Gamble

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