Jack Elliott vs. NYCFC
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Adam Najem makes his MLS debut and Jack Elliott makes his first MLS start in Union loss to NYCFC

Philadelphia Union fell to New York City FC Friday night in front of a crowd of 16,553 at Talen Energy Stadium with a final score of 2-0. The Union will be back in action next Saturday to wrap up their three-match homestand as they take on Montreal Impact.

Philadelphia traded opportunities with New York in the first 20 minutes of the contest. The Union saw their best chance through the first 20 from Roland Alberg who made his first start of the season. After a touch from CJ Sapong, Alberg sent a shot that whistled just wide of the net.

The Union were kept off the scoresheet in the 27th minute thanks to NYCFC keeper Sean Johnson. Union Captain Alejandro Bedoya fired a rocket from just outside the box that was on frame, but Johnson was able to block the shot and keep the match scoreless.

Moments later New York City created an opportunity that tested the Union defense. NYCFC leading goal-scorer David Villa sent a shot that was blocked in the chest by Philadelphia defender Richie Marquez. New York’s Maximiliano Morález retrieved the rebound and sent a shot that was turned away by the 2016 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Andre Blake.

The match remained scoreless after the first 45 minutes of action. New York struck first in the 52nd minute thanks to a finish from Jack Harrison. After a turnover in the Union zone, Ronald Matarrita took possession and sent a pass into the box and found Harrison who found the back of the net to give New York the 1-0 lead.

In the 71st minute of action Adam Najem replaced Roland Alberg making his MLS debut. Making his first MLS start of his career was defender Jack Elliott.

After chances from both sides, New York was able to extend their lead in the 90th minute thanks to Villa. After winning possession in Philadelphia’s end of the pitch, Villa sent a shot from distance that was just beyond the outstretched arms of Blake to secure the 2-0 victory.

Philadelphia will wrap up their three-match homestand Saturday, April 22 when they host Eastern Conference foe Montreal Impact in a Matinee Special. Kick-off for that match is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will be televised on 6abc with JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth on the call.

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