CHESTER, Pa. (December 5, 2021) – The Philadelphia Union hosted New York City FC on Sunday afternoon at Subaru Park for the Eastern Conference Finals of the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs, falling 2-1. In the 63rd minute the Union struck first. A ball in from Daniel Gazdag went off the NYCFC defender and into the back of the net to give the Union a 1-0 lead but was equalized by NYCFC midfielder Maximiliano Moralez. In the 88th minute Talles Magno put the visitors ahead 2-1. Despite the loss, the Union achieved their best finish in the MLS Cup Playoffs, reaching the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in club history and finishing the regular season as a high enough ranked seed to host all three of their matches in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Today’s match marked the largest crowd in Subaru Park history.

Philadelphia Union 1 – New York City FC 2
Subaru Park (Chester, PA)
Sunday, December 5, 2021


Referee: Ted Unkel
Assistant Referees: Corey Parker, Cory Richardson
Fourth Official: Rubiel Vazquez
VAR: Jon Freemon
Ast. VAR: Jon Freemon
Weather: 51 degrees and partly cloudy


PHI – Alexander Callens (OG) 63’
NYC – Maximiliano Moralez (Tajouri-Shradi) 65’
NYC – Talles Magno (Thorarinsson) 88’

NYC – Maximiliano Moralez (caution) 41’
PHI – Jamiro Monteiro (caution) 71’
PHI – Olivier Mbaizo (caution) 75’


Philadelphia Union: Matt Freese; Aurelien Collin, Stuart Findlay, Nathan Harriel (Anthony Fontana 90’), Olivier Mbaizo; Leon Flach (Paxten Aaronson 90’), Daniel Gazdag, , Jose Martinez, Jack McGlynn (Jesus Bueno 75’), Jamiro Monteiro; Kacper Przybylko.

Substitutes not used: Greg Ranjitsingh, Brandan Craig, Anton Sorenson, Cole Turner.

New York City FC: Sean Johnson; Malte Amundsen (Gudmundur Thorarinsson 58’), Alexander Callens, Maxime Chanot, Tayvon Gray; Alfredo Morales, James Sands; Santiago Rodriguez, Maximiliano Moralez, Jesus Medina (Ismael Tajouri-Shradi 58’); Herber (Talles Magno 58’).

Substitutes not used: Luis Barraza, Thiago Andrade, Andres Jasson, Niclas Acevedo, Gedion Zelalem, Tony Rocha.

Team Notes

  • Matt Freese, Nathan Harriel, Stuart Findlay, Olivier Mbaizo and Jack McGlynn earned their first Audi MLS Cup Playoffs start of their careers.
  • Matt Freese became the first homegrown goalkeeper in club history to start a MLS Cup Playoffs match.
  • Today’s match marked the largest crowd in Subaru Park history.
  • The Eastern Conference Finals appearance marks the furthest the Philadelphia Union have finished in the MLS Cup Playoffs in club history.