Philadelphia Union vs. New York City FC | MLS Match Preview
PHILADELPHIA UNION vs. NEW YORK CITY FC
TALEN ENERGY STADIUM, Chester, Pennsylvania
APRIL 23, 2016 (WEEK 8, MLS GAME #66)
4 pm ET (MLS LIVE [Blackout: NY], 6abc, YES Network [Tape Delayed], FOX Sports Go [LIVE - NY Only])
It’s a key matchup in the Eastern Conference when Philadelphia Union return home to meet New York City FC on Saturday afternoon at Talen Energy Stadium. Union still sit in a tie atop the Eastern Conference, coming off a 2-1 defeat by Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field last Saturday. NYCFC saw their winless run stretched to five games after winning their season opener, falling 3-2 to Columbus Crew SC on the road at MAPFRE Stadium last weekend.
- Union fell back to an even .500 record for the season, after their 2-1 defeat at Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday evening. Sebastien Le Toux scored his second goal of the year, assisted by C.J. Sapong; Sapong has three goals and one assist, among Union’s eight goals scored this season.
- David Villa scored two goals in a game for the second time this season – his sixth career MLS multiple-goal game, in 36 league appearances – but NYCFC saw their winless run extended to five games in a 3-2 defeat at Columbus Crew SC on Saturday evening.
- The teams evenly split their season series in NYCFC’s first season in MLS. The teams split the two encounters in Chester, Union taking a 2-1 win on April 11, and NYCFC returning the favor in a 2-1 win June 6.
- The teams reached a 1-1 draw in the only meeting at Yankee Stadium, on April 16.
REFEREE: Jose Carlos Rivero. AR1 (bench): Brian Dunn; AR2 (opposite): Jose da Silva; 4th: Mathieu Bourdeau
MLS Career: 58 games; FC/gm: 26.7; Y/gm: 3.7; R: 16; pens: 28
SUSPENDED: PHI: Roland Alberg (through April 24)
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: PHI: Fabinho
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: none
DISABLED LIST: NYC: Jack Harrison
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
ALL-TIME (3 meetings): Union 1 win, 4 goals … NYCFC 1 win, 4 goals … Ties 1
AT PHILADELPHIA (2 meetings): Union 1 win, 3 goals … NYCFC 1 win, 3 goals … Ties 0
RETURN MATCHES: 6/18: New York City FC vs. Philadelphia Union, 1 p.m. ET
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