Story Stream — Philadelphia Union vs. NYCFC

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Hey all. Thanks for joining us for Saturday’s game between the Philadelphia Union and visiting New York City Football Club. We’ll update you, the Fan, minute by minute with the latest score, match developments and some commentary, too. 

Joe Lister checking in. I’ll be updating tonight’s Story Stream for Philly Football Daily. 

Remember to refresh this page every few minutes, to receive the most recent updates and game developments. 

Starting XI 

Philadelphia Union

Andre Blake; Ray Gaddis, Auston Trusty, Jack Elliott, Keegan Rosenberry; Alejandro Bedoya, Borek Dockal (Warren Creavalle, 88′), Haris Medunjanin; David Accam (Ilsinho, 67′), Cory Burke, C.J. Sapong

New York City Football Club

Sean Johnson; Ben Sweat, Alexander Callens (Ronald Matarrita, 65′), Maxime Chanot, Anton Tinnerholm; Ebenezer Ofori, Alexander Ring, Maximiliano Moralez; Ismael Tajouri-Shradi (Rodney Wallace, 82′, David Villa (Jesus Medina, 55′), Jo Inge Berget

2′ : Great save by Andre Blake to start the game and NYCFC gets one off on a breakaway.

12′ : NYCFC seeming to earn a number of breakaways and near goal opportunities, the latest coming from Maximiliano Moralez in 11′

13′ : David Accam slips and slides his way into one of the best chances the Union have had so far.

30′ : Union leads in possession and duels won, but this is NYCFC’s game so far

32′ : With Blake out of goal, Ray Gaddis makes goal line stop to keep this one nil-nil

34′ : David Accam races downfield, loses ball near the goal leading to a NYCFC goal kick

43′ : Haris Medunjamin taken down near half, stopping a goal-scoring opportunity by NYCFC

45′ : Halftime comes with the match still scoreless

First half thoughts: NYCFC currently outplaying Union, but Union could score if Burke and crew chase more loose balls.

Prediction: A NYCFC goal will hurt the Union and mentality towards the game, leading to a 2-0 NYCFC victory.

46′ : David Accam nearly scores while surrounded by NYCFC defenders, ball goes out for a corner.

50′ : CJ Sapong misses shot from right in from of goal off of pass from Borek Dockal. It was his first shot of the day.

57′ : Corey Burke places one into the back of the net from about 12 yards from goal to give the Union the 1-0 lead. Bořek Dočkal with the assist.

67′ : Ray Gaddis rips one after David Accam’s blocked shot, Gaddis’ shot is blocked as well

69′ : Ilsinho goes down on his first touch of the game, trainers called onto field, however, Ilsinho remains on when play restarts

76′ : Ilsinho nets one to give the Union 2-0 lead, assist by Borek Dockal, his second of the night. We now lay to rest my halfway prediction of 2-0 NYCFC

90 +3′ : Solid save by Andre Blake keeps this 2-0

90 + 5′ : Ilsinho goes down, red card issued to Ronald Matarrita

End of match: Union defeat NYCFC 2-0 as Burke, Ilsinho score


Story Stream — Philadelphia Union vs. Columbus Crew SC

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Hey all. Thanks for joining Philly Football Daily for today’s Story Stream and match against the Columbus Crew. We hope you stick around, from the first whistle to the last. 

Here you’ll find the latest updates, player injury reports, key stats and figures, including commentary, which will be posted throughout the entire matchday, as well as the match itself.

You can connect with us here, below in the comments section, on Twitter, or in today’s Matchday Thread, which can be found in the Union Soccer Talk Forum

Match Preview — 10:00 AM

Today’s U in Preview takes a look at the Philadelphia Union’s matchup against Columbus Crew SC, including players to watch, the injury and suspension report, as well as predicted Starting XI’s.

Read up: U in Preview — Matchday 2: Columbus Versus Philadelphia

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Philadelphia Union vs. Columbus Crew SC: All-Time Series —

Columbus leads the all-time series with Philadelphia. Philadelphia Union have 8 wins and 31 goals; Columbus Crew SC have 11 wins and 31 goals. Crew SC and the Union drawn 1 game.

Philadelphia leads the all-time series in Chester at PPL Park and Talen Energy Stadium. Philadelphia Union have won 6 games and scored 19 goals; Columbus has won 4 games and scored 11 goals.

Last meeting in Chester: Philadelphia Union 3 Columbus Crew SC 0 (July 26, 2017)

Highlights from the last time out. Check ’em out: 


Starting XI —

Philadelphia Union —

Columbus Crew SC —

Match Updates —


Teams are out, and the match is underway from Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.


Borek Dockal’s first shot for the Philadelphia Union sails just over the bar.


David Accam weaves into the Columbus penalty area, but is dispossessed.


Dockal wins a free-kick for the Union. It’ll be the Czech or Haris Medunjanin to take, from about 25 yards out.


Medunjanin’s free-kick is gobbled up by Columbus’s Zach Steffen.


Corner for the Union.


Danger averted for the Union.

Auston Trusty and Jack Elliott were split by a cheeky Federico Higuain pass, and Gyasi Zardes had a free-lane to goal. Zardes’ shot sailed up and over, into The River End.


Alejandro Bedoya storms into the Columbus penalty area, chops at the ball, and is tackled before getting a shot off.


Andre Blake takes care of a volley by Columbus defender Harrison Afful, and that concludes the first half.

It’s scoreless through the first 45 minutes.

Second Half —

Second half substitution: Ray Gaddis enters the match for Fabinho. Gaddis will slot into the left-back position.


Accam’s shot on goal is stuffed by Steffen.


Zardes’s header flashes just over Blake and the bar.


Bedoya’s header off a corner is caught by a sprawling Steffen.


Columbus’s Artur is cautioned for taking down Fabian Herbers from behind.

It’ll be a Union free-kick in front of The River End from about 25 yards out.

Status of Fabinho: 

Fabinho left the match at halftime while Gaddis took his place.


Cory Burke comes on for Herbers. Still scoreless.


It’s a scramble in front of Steffen! But no Union players can finish. It’s still a nil-nil game.


Columbus’ Cristian Martínez makes way for Niko Hansen.


Dockal’s debut is done.

Homegrown Anthony Fontana will finish the match at the No. 10 spot.

Hey folks. Thanks for joining us for another Story Stream on UnionFanTV. On the road again is the Philadelphia Union, who has traveled North of the Border to take on Supporters’ Shield leader Toronto Football Club tonight, at BMO Field.  

Here you’ll find the latest updates, player injury reports, key stats and figures, as well as commentary, which will be posted throughout the entire matchday, including the match itself.

Tonight’s Starting XI

Jim Curtin has named his team for tonight’s match against Toronto, which you can find below:

8:09 PM — 

1′ : Match is underway from BMO Field

Here we go.

7′ : Giovinco on a breakaway … 

Saved by Andre Blake! Blake comes out strong and stops the Italian cold. Welcome back, Dre.

9′ : Free kick to TFC

It’ll surely be Giovinco to take, from just outside the 18 yard box.


It’s the Atomic Ant, and it’s 1-0 to the home side. It’s Giovinco’s 13th of the season.

16′ : Jozy Altidore slots it home …

Scratch that: the American is rightly called offside.

28′ : Free kick to TFC, yellow card to Fabinho

Fabinho pulled Altidore back at the top of the 18. It’ll be Giovinco to take, again …

29′ : Nicolas Hasler makes it 2-0 for Toronto

Hasler’s glancing header is no match for Blake, who watches the ball kiss off the crossbar and into the side netting.

8:55 PM —

45′ : That’s the end of the First Half at BMO Field

It’s 2-0 to the home side. Goals courtesy of Giovinco and Hasler.

9:12 PM — Second Half begins

Curtin’s side are down (and probably out).

57′ : Altidore joins the party

A poor clearance from Fabinho results in an Altidore finish to the side netting. It was the perfect finish, after a mesmerizing give-and-go at the top of the 18.

60′ : Ilsinho’s strike is palmed away by Alex Bono

Fantastic shot from the Brazilian, fantastic save from the TFC ace.

65′ : Giovinco’s shot flashes over the bar

It’s not looking good, folks.

72′ : Kick save by Blake!

Tremendous save by the Jamaican on Stephen Beitashour.

90′ : That’s the match. 

It ends 3-0 to Toronto.

Thanks for joining us this evening. Good night. 

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Welcome back to another Story Stream on UnionFanTV. Here you’ll find the latest updates, player injury reports, key stats and figures, as well as commentary throughout the entire matchday, including the match itself. 

9:00 AM —

Morning, all.

It’s Matchday 23 for the Philadelphia Union, who will welcome FC Dallas to Talen Energy Stadium later this evening.

Injury Report

FC Dallas come to Chester nearing full-strength for Saturday’s out-of-conference clash. There are no injuries to report for the Texan club, although they do have two players currently serving suspension.

Dallas defender, Atiba Harris will not be available for selection, after picking up one too many yellow cards. He’s out for Yellow Card Accumulation.

Ecuadorian youngster, Carlos Gruezo will also miss out on Saturday’s contest. He’s kept out due to a red card he received in Dallas’ last match, against Vancouver.

Philadelphia, on the other hand, have a few injuries of note.

German midfielder, Fabian Herbers is still taking time, recovering from a sports’ hernia surgery. Philadelphia Union captain, Maurice Edu is also on the mend, following surgery on his left tibia.

Promising news for Union fans: the club held a meeting to decide on the future return for Edu. It remains to be seen if Edu will feature for Bethlehem Steel FC first, or off the bench for the Union.

At the back, Andre Blake is recovering from a laceration to his right hand he picked up in the Gold Cup Final, while veteran center-half, Oguchi Onyewu is listed as questionable with a groin strain.

It’s important to note that Onyewu did start for the Union in their last match, a 3-0 loss at New England. He went the full 90′. 

Rounding out the injury report for the Union is speedy winger, Fafa Picault. He’s still listed as questionable with a hamstring strain. Although, Picault did feature in the Union’s loss on Saturday, playing 30 minutes off the bench for Jim Curtin.

Tonight’s Starting XI

Here’s the XI Curtin has elected to go with tonight versus visiting Dallas:

7:08 PM —

1′ : Game on.

And the Union are underway from Talen Energy Stadium.

3′ : Picault’s cross goes to waste

Giliano Wijnaldum did well to play in Picault, whose end ball was out of reach of his teammates. No one was up with him, to be fair.

5′ : Ilsinho’s header goes juuuust wide

Good look for the Brazilian from the top of the box.

12′ : Electric stuff from the Union attack. 

Again, no cigar. Union are pushing early on, though.

Sapong did well to shrug off a defender and find Picault, whose heroics kept the ball in play. Picault then took on a Dallas defender, beating him for pace. End ball still lacking.

17′ : Holy shit.

Holy shit. DOOP.

It’s CJ Sapong’s 11th of the season, courtesy of fantastic build-up play from the Union. A cheeky one-two from Ilsinho and Haris Medunjanin ends with a DOOP in the Ol’ Onion Bag.

19′ : Big save from McCarthy.

Union keeper keeps it 1-0 to the Union. Pun intended.

Union midfield has done an excellent job at intercepting Dallas’ passes in the middle of the park. In other words, they’re doing the job tonight. 

22′ : Ilsinho! 

It’s 2-0 Union early on. Ilsinho’s half volley off of a Union throw in is no match for Dallas keeper, Chris Seitz.


31′ : McCarthy comes up big, again

Johnny Mac’s kick save forces a corner for Dallas. He stoned Lamah for a second time tonight at the back post.

45′ : Chris Pontius stoned by Seitz

It was another excellent give-and-go by the Union. This time, it was Ilsinho who played Pontius through. His shot was palmed away by the former union keeper.

7:55 —

And that’s the half.

Union leading Dallas two goals after the first 45′.

Updates to the Story Stream will be posted periodically throughout the matchday, as well as during the match itself. Follow @UnionFanTV on Twitter for added commentary, as well as quick hits from tonight’s press conference. 

8:10 — Back for more.

Second half begins.

Two substitutions for Dallas. Walker Zimmerman is on for Ryan Hollingshead in the back, while Mauro Díaz makes way for Cristian Colmán at the 10. 

51′ : McCarthy snubs Colmán

Coleman was in on goal, but McCarthy was having none of it. Union keeper came out strong, again.

64′ : Marcus Epps on, Chris Pontius off

Youngster on for the Vet.

65′ : Ilsinho to the book

It was a deserved yellow for the Brazilian, even if I cannot describe what he just did (or tried to do).

67′ : CJ Sapong, again. 

Sloppy play from Seitz is pounced on by Ilsinho, who lays it off to Sapong for his second of the night.

70′ : McCarthy palms another away

Union’s No. 2 turned No. 1 has been in top form this evening.

75′ : John McCarthy is down

Looks like the Union shot stopper took a knee to the ribs on the corner. He’s slow to get up.

78′ : McCarthy goes down, again

This time it proves fatal, as Dallas scores on an empty net. Looks like he took one to the Family Jewels. Ouch.


It is officially the first case of VAR used in Major League Soccer. 

8:55 —

90′ + 5′ : Five minutes of stoppage time in this one

Dallas pulls one back.

No help from VAR, this time. It’s Barrios who gives Dallas some consolation.

And that’s it. At the final whistle, it’s 3-1 to the Philadelphia Union.

Thanks for tuning in, as always, to our Story Stream this evening.

Follow @UnionFanTV on Twitter for more, inside the press conference. Good night. 

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