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Union wins fifth straight game over NYCFC

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By The Capital Sports Report Staff

The Philadelphia Union have continued their dominance over NYCFC. The Union has not lost to the team in two calendar years.

The Union defeated NYCFC 2-1 on Saturday night at Subaru Park.

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With the win, the Union has now won five straight games in the series. The all-time series now stands with the two teams at 10 (wins), 10 (losses), and 2 (draws).

The five straight wins date back to March 19th, 2022. NYCFC has not defeated the Union since defeating them in the Conference Finals 2-1 on December 5th, 2021 to advance to the MLS Cup.

NYCFC defeated the Portland Timbers 1-1 (4-2 in penalty kicks) to capture their first MLS Championship the following weekend.

The Union had a tough stretch of three games in a week. They came out of the three games with six points due to the two wins. They also defeated Nashville SC 2-0 on Wednesday night.

The Chester, Pennsylvania-based team remains in third place in the Eastern Conference with three points for the win. They currently have 40 points.

Only the New England Revolution and FC Cincinnati have more points. The Revolution has 43 points and FC Cincinnati will have 54 points once their game ends.

José Martínez tallied his second goal in his MLS career in the 23rd minute. Martínez — who is in his fourth season with the team — booted a nice goal past NYCFC goaltender Luis Barraza.

Chris Donovan picked up his first career MLS goal in the 81st minute. Donovan was subbed into the game in the 75th minute for Quinn Sullivan.

NYCFC scored its lone goal in the 86th minute. Andres Jasson got a goal past Union steadfast keeper Andre Blake.

Blake was in his first appearance back following a stint with the Jamaican national team in the Gold Cup.

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