Philadelphia remain a hurt squad, with midfielder Eric Bird and defensemen Raymond Lee and Fabinho out for the match while forward Conor Casey and midfielders Cristian Maidana and Vincent Nogueira are questionable. Defender George John is out for the match while Shay Facey is doubtful to be fit in time. Midfierlder Sebastian Velasquez and forward David Villa are expected to be fit despite an adductor strain and adductor tendinopathy respectively.
Meeting NYCFC for the first time, as a lot of clubs will do over the course of the season, Philadelphia head into the match on a 3 game losing streak, with their last loss being a 3-2 loss where they conceded the tying and losing goal in 2nd half stoppage time to Kansas City. The Union are still without a win this season and are bottom of the MLS on just 2 points after 0-0 and 3-3 draws.
NYCFC had last weekend off but come into the game after their first loss in franchise history, a 1-0 defeat to Sporting Kansas City. Prior to the Kansas City goal in that game, NYCFC had not conceded in 192 minutes of football, but the New York side have also not scored themselves in 186 minutes.
Prediction: With starting players and confidence hurt, I don’t see the Union getting a lot from this game if anything.
Union 0-2 NYCFC