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Union defeat NYCFC 2-1 to capture East lead

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Chester, Pennsylvania — The Philadelphia Union is the leader in the Eastern Conference. The Union defeated New York City FC 2-1 on Sunday night at Subaru Park.

The Union has now defeated the reigning champions twice this season. In March, the Union defeated NYCFC 2-0 at Yankee Stadium in Brooklyn, New York.

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“We’re happy to be at the top of the Eastern Conference, but we’re not naive and we know that if we’re not prepared and ready to go again against Chicago,” Union head coach Jim Curtin said, referring to Wednesday’s away match against the Fire, “you get punched in the teeth in this league and you get humbled very quickly.”

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Philadelphia improved to 7-1-8 with the win. NYCFC is 8-4-3.

Interim NYCFC head coach Nick Cushing has not won a game since taking over in the middle of June.

“I don’t think we will just put this game behind us,” he said “I think we’ll look at the first half and why we didn’t get the control that we wanted and we’ll look at the second half and look at why we gained more control. We’ll take the positives out of it and we’ll move on to Cincinnati and we’ll discuss the negatives so that we can try and put them right going into the next game.

“It’s difficult to turn around in two days when the opposition has had five days, but it’s the nature of MLS.”

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Cory Burke scored the game-winning goal at the 90+7’ mark. Burke came in for Mikael Uhre, who was credited with scoring the first goal of the game.

Video replay showed an NYCFC player sliding and it appears he scored an own goal. Uhre was the nearest Union player, which is why he was credited with the goal.

NYCFC player Valentin Castellanos scored on a penalty kick.

Things got heated towards the end of the game. There were multiple cards given, including a red card to the Union’s head trainer.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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