Last week, the Philadelphia Union defeated FC Cincinnati 1-0 to advance to the Eastern Conference Final for the second year in a row. The only thing that stands between the Union and a trip to the MLS Cup final is a chance to avenge last year’s heartbreak.
The other Eastern Conference final took place on Sunday between NYCFC and Montreal. Where NYCFC would go on to a 3-1 thrashing of the 2-seeded Montreal.
Making it official that the Philadelphia Union and NYCFC will face off in the Eastern Conference final once again.
Revenge Has Been on the Union’s Mind All Season
Take a look through comments from Union players and Jim Curtin from the moment the Union was eliminated last season. They feel they were shorted. Every single member of the Union felt robbed of a chance to face NYCFC at full strength.
In case you forgot, the Union’s MLS Cup hopes were sunk by an extreme COVID outbreak. The outbreak would lead to the absences of 11 Union players. Andre Blake, Ale Bedoya, Kai Wagner, Jack Elliott, and Jacob Glesnes to name a few.
Despite the losses, the Union fought to a 2-1 loss, conceding the game-winner in the 88th minute.
Everyone on the Union is ready to avenge that loss and face NYCFC at full strength.
The Regular Season Matchups Don’t Matter
The Union dominated the regular season matchups between the 2 sides. A thrilling 2-1 victory at home. As well as the club’s first-ever road win against NYCFC, a 2-0 win in the 4th game of the season.
From that point to now, the clubs are two different versions of themselves.
First, NYCFC is a completely different team. They lost Taty Castellanos and MLS Cup-winning head coach Ronny Deila. Then, lost themselves up until the last few weeks of the regular season. They have since figured it out and have been as dangerous as ever.
For the Union, they simply found out how to score consistently. It wasn’t until after the 2 NYCFC matchups that the Union started steamrolling the league.
The revenge aspect to the side, its two teams coming in at their top form.
The Union have wanted this matchup all season. They got it. Now it is win and they go to the MLS Cup Final.
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