Chester, PA (October 31, 2021) – The Philadelphia Union earned three points in a 2-0 home victory over FC Cincinnati. With the win the Union move up to second place in the Eastern Conference, level on points with third place Nashville SC, and ahead of fourth place New York City FC by three points. Daniel Gazdag opened up the scoring in the 11th minute, deflecting an Olivier Mbaizo shot past the Cincinnati keeper. In the first half the Union outshot Cincinnati 10-4. The second goal for the Union came in the 53rd minute, off a shot from homegrown midfielder Paxten Aaronson. Fellow Homegrown Jack McGlynn provided the pass to Aaronson on the edge of the box, Aaronson taking a dribble to his left and burying the shot into the bottom right corner. Andre Blake earned his 12th clean sheet of the season in the win (50th career), tying Zac MacMath’s 2013 club record for clean sheets in a season.

The Union are away at Yankee Stadium Sunday afternoon, taking on New York City FC in the last regular season game of the season. (3:30 p.m. ET / PHL17). 

Philadelphia Union 2 – FC Cincinnati 0
Subaru Park (Chester, PA)
Sunday, October 31, 2021

TODAY’S MATCH INFO

Referee: Fotis Bazakos
Assistant Referees: Brian Dunn, Cory Richardson
Fourth Official: Alan Kelly
VAR: Jorge Gonzalez
Ast. VAR: Jeff Muschik
Weather: 59 degrees and cloudy

GOALS/ASSISTS

PHI – Daniel Gazdag (Mbaizo) 11’
PHI – Paxten Aaronson (McGlynn) 53’

DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY
N/A

LINEUP

Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Kai Wagner, Jakob Glesnes, Jack Elliott, Olivier Mbaizo (Nathan Harriel 76’); Jose Martinez, Jack McGlynn (Leon Flach 80’), Alejandro Bedoya (Jesus Bueno 90’); Paxten Aaronson, Daniel Gazdag (Quinn Sullivan 90’); Kacper Przybylko (Cory Burke 80’).

Substitutes not used: Matt Freese;, Stuart Findlay, Anthony Fontana, Matheus Davo.

FC Cincinnati: Kenneth Vermeer; Zico Bailey, Tyler Blackett, Geoff Cameron, Joseph-Claude Gyau (Chris Duvall 45’); Alvaro Barreal (Calvin Harris 71’), Caleb Stanko, Haris Medunjanin, Yuya Kubo (Kyle Scott 84’); Brenner (Isaac Atanga 71’), Brandon Vazquez.

Substitutes not used: Przemyslaw Tyton, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Aquimides Ordonez, Allan Cruz, Florian Valot.

Team Notes

  • Goalkeeper Andre Blake made his 170th start in league play for the Union, earning his 12th clean sheet of the MLS Season. It is his 50th career clean sheet.
  • Homegrown midfielder Paxten Aaronson started his fifth career match for the club, scoring his third goal of the MLS Season.
  • Midfielder Daniel Gazdag scored his fourth goal of the MLS Season, contributing his fifth assist as well.
  • Defender Olivier Mbaizo recorded his third assist of the MLS Campaign.
  • Homegrown midfielder Jack McGlynn registered his first career MLS assist.

The Union are away at Yankee Stadium Sunday afternoon, taking on New York City FC in the last regular season game of the season. (3:30 p.m. ET / PHL17).