Philadelphia Union fell 2-1 to New York City Football Club (NYCFC) on Sunday, October 6 at Talen Energy Stadium. The match, played in front of yet another sellout crowd of 18,525, was the Union’s last regular-season game of the year. The Union finished in third place in the Eastern Conference with a final regular season record of (16-7-11). While the team didn’t clinch 2nd place in their conference, they still showed what they are made of by rising to the top 3 when critics had them pegged to come in 18th. Nonetheless, the team isn’t hiding their frustration, since their falling behind late in the season seems to be a trend.
In a postgame interview, Union midfielder Haris Medunjanin did not mince words, “When you don’t play disciplined against a good team, then they will tear you apart.” Within the first 7 minutes, Ronald Matarrita kicked a goal, putting NYCFC in the lead early on. This was followed by a goal by Ismael Tajouri-Shradi just around the 25-minute mark. For the remainder of the match, the Union held their own, defending their goal, but it wasn’t until a penalty at the very end when Philly was able to score. Marco Fabian scored the Union’s only goal on a penalty kick during the last few minutes of the game, this was his seventh goal of the season. Fabian has the second most goals on the team. The Union now have 58 goals on the season, which is the most the team has ever scored in a single season.
“In the second half, I think we came out stronger and with more intensity and fought harder, but we need to start fighting from the beginning,” Union defender Mark McKenzie said. This sentiment was shared by his fellow teammates and Coach Curtin.
More Than A Game
But what did the team do after this loss? They didn’t go out and feel sorry for themselves, they went to Honey Grow in Philadelphia to make meal kits and help serve the homeless in their community. Amazing! This is something that Ray Gaddis has been doing for years.
“For me, a city that’s given me so many memories, so many blessings, I think it’s vital that when God blesses you, he wants you to bless others,” Gaddis said. “I’ve been fortunate to have people at Honeygrow and the Philadelphia Union to help me with this process.”
That’s some good karma happening right there 😉
The Philadelphia Union will host the New York Red Bulls in the first round of the playoffs on October 20 at 3 p.m. The last time these teams played each other in September, the Red Bulls beat Union 2-0, we certainly hope for a win this time around.