2022 MLS Eastern Conference Final Preview: Philadelphia Union vs NYCFC
For the second year in a row, The Philadelphia Union will be facing off against New York City FC in the MLS Eastern Conference Finals.
MLS Eastern Conference Final Showdown: Union vs. NYCFC The Sequel
There is one key difference between the teams from the last time they met. Unlike last year, the Union won’t be missing 11 players due to COVID protocols and will be able to face off against the surging NYCFC at full strength.
The Union swept the regular season series against the NYCFC but not without some fireworks. Their second meeting saw a memorable exchange between The Union’s athletic trainer Paul Rushing and several players from NYCFC.
There is no love lost between these two teams and we can expect to see a fierce battle on the pitch. Things have changed since these two teams last met, as NYCFC is on a roll.
Key to a Union Victory
In order to win the Union will likely need a big day from MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Andre Blake. NYCFC has been hot lately, getting a lot of shots on net and jumping on teams early. In their match against CF Montreal in the previous round, the aggressive attack paid off early when they found the back of the net at 6′. They have scored three goals in each of their last two games.
If Blake is up to the task, NYCFC’s aggressive style could open up opportunities for the Union to score. Midfielder Daniel Gazdag was a goal-scoring machine all season and will need to capitalize on any opportunities the defense gives him.
MLS Eastern Conference Final Odds
- Union -115
- Tie +230
- NYCFC +290
Where to Watch or Listen
The MLS Eastern Conference Final will air on FS1 at 8:25 PM and will be on the radio on Fox Sports The Gambler 102.5 FM.
Mandatory Credit: USA Today Sports