NYCFC end slide in historic victory over Philadelphia


CHESTER, PA. – It’s finally over.

New York City FC put an end to their 11 match winless streak with an inspiring and historic 2-1 victory at PPL Park against the Philadelphia Union — their first win against the Chester side in three matches.

Thomas McNamara erased a short-lived Philadelphia Union lead in the second half, and Patrick Mullins put it out of reach to give New York their first road win — ever. Josh Saunders made six crucial saves to keep NYCFC in the match, putting an end to their winless ways.

“Obviously I’m really pleased with the guys efforts and the result. It’s like a breath of fresh air around here and I hope that these points will mean something to our confidence level because I feel like we’ve really had some guys that have struggled with confidence for a few weeks now so, those are the positives,” head coach Jason Kreis said after the match. “But we still have a long way to improve and I think that everyone in the locker room here knows it, so we’ll get back to work pretty quickly this week.”

New York City came out the aggressor against the home side, once again showing their penchant for possession, but unable to find the final ball, routinely forcing the attack though David Villa. Philadelphia managed the first true challenge of the match, catching NYCFC on the counterattack, with Sebastian LeToux blasting a shot on Saunders who made the quick save in the 27th minute. Christian Maidana followed with a weak shot off an NYCFC giveaway, failing to challenge Saunders.

Silvestre came up big on NYCFC’s best attempt of the first half, closing down Sebastian Velasquez — the beneficiary of some brilliant buildup play from Villa and Adam Nemec. Noguiera answered with a brilliant curling effort, forcing Saunders into a diving save.

One minute into the second half was all Philadelphia needed to take the lead. CJ Sapong split defenders Jason Hernandez and Shay Facey, gathering a corner kick and blasting it past Saunders for the early lead.

Thomas McNamara responded with the highlight reel goal of the match. Finding space from 25 yards out, the former Chivas midfielder sprayed a curler on net, beating Silvestre upper 90 to tie the match in the 53rd minute. Le Toux nearly answered with a direct shot on net off of a deflection, but the quick Saunders made a fingertip save to preserve the draw.

Patrick Mullins awarded his teammate for his efforts, putting his shot past Silvestre in the 87th minute and giving NYCFC all they needed to take home their first win in three months.

“I think it’s important, obviously, to pay off some of the performances we’ve had where we’ve deserved it,” Mullins said. “I thought we gave ourselves a really good chance to get something from the game, and sometimes it’s about plays in the first ten minutes of the half and the last ten minutes, and that’s what it came down to. I think we’re happiest for the fans, the loyalty, the passion, the drive they’ve showed for us has been great.”

NYCFC will look to build on their result, taking on the Montreal Impact at Yankee Stadium on June 13th.


Scoring Summary:

46’ C.J. Sapong PHI
53’ Thomas McNamara NYC
87’ Patrick Mullins NYC

Misconduct Summary:

4’ Jason Hernandez NYC (Yellow Card – Foul)
89’ Maurice Edu PHI (Yellow Card – Foul)

New York City FC: Josh Saunders, Jeb Brovsky, Jason Hernandez, Shay Facey, Chris Wingert, Thomas McNamara, Kwadwo Poku (Mehdi Ballouchy 58’), Andrew Jacobson, Sebastian Velasquez (Ned Grabavoy 58’), David Villa, Adam Nemec (Patrick Mullins 78’)

Unused substitutes: Ryan Maeara, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, RJ Allen, Pablo Álvarez


Philadelphia Union: Brian Sylvestre, Sheanon Williams, Maurice Edu, Richie Marquez, Fabinho, Vincent Nogueira, Brian Carroll (Jimmy McLaughlin 90’+2’), Sebastien Le Toux, Cristián Maidana (Eric Ayuk Mbu 82’), Andrew Wenger (Zach Pfeffer 69’)

Unused substitutes: John McCarthy, Ethan White, Raymon Gaddis, Fred


Referee: Drew Fischer
Referee’s Assistants: Phill Briere, Adam Wienckowski
4th Official: Silviu Petrescu
Attendance: 18,517

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  • Chance Michaels

    Congrats to all the New York City fans who made the trip down to Chester – what a game to see!

  • Fabio

    Finally a great away victory. Go NYCFC, the play off are again possible !!

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    • Anonymous

      First road win ever, right?

      • Anonymous

        I guess when you have absolutely no history, everything you do is historic?

        • Ulrich

          Deep thought from a Cosmos troll. Keep fighting the good fight with that storied Cosmos history of championships, co-opting a different club’s history from 30 years ago???

          • Niche Dhavez

            That’s right!

            New York CITY is a brrand new team with no connection AT ALL to any other club past or present!

            I was so excited by the win Saturday! I hugged my life size David Villa dollas soon as I got home!

            NYCFC is very original! Just LOOK at our uniforms!

  • Johnny

    Historic would be a 6-0 win at Seattle. A one goal win at Philly is well,yawn.

  • slowleftarm

    According to Hempstead fans, something is only historic when you dust off Pele and have him show up at the college stadium on Long Island.

    • The realist

      I’ve been at quite a few Metro/Red Bulls events (I’m thinking 2001 and 2006) where they break out the same dusty old Cosmos.

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