Decision Day Preview: Philadelphia Union vs NYCFC

Peter Nolan October 5, 2019 138 Reads

Who: Philadelphia Union vs NYCFC
When: Sunday, October 6th @ 4:00pm ET
LinePhiladelphia -127 | Draw +310 | NYCFC +285

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The Philadelphia Union wraps up the most successful regular season in its history when it hosts Eastern Conference champions NYCFC on Sunday, MLS Decision Day.

Philadelphia has more to play for in this division matchup, with the Union coming into Decision Day level on points with Atlanta United for second place but trailing on the tiebreakers for both wins and goal difference.

In other words, Philly needs help from New England if they are to overtake Atlanta and claim second place behind NYC in the East.

There are no such playoff implications on the line for New York, although no team wants to go into the postseason on a down note.

Philadelphia Union vs NYCFC Preview

Despite finishing on top of the eastern heap for the first time since the club’s MLS debut in 2015, New York comes into this season finale in lukewarm form having followed up an impressive 4-1 Yankee Stadium demolition of Atlanta with a less than sparkling effort in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at New England.

Injuries and yellow card suspensions played a part in New York’s somewhat tepid performance, although coach Dome Torrent will have been pleased to see striker Heber clock a full 90 minutes in his return from injury.

Torrent and NYCFC will welcome 19-year-old James Sands back for the season finale as the defender/midfielder is finally recovered from a dislocated shoulder. Sands should see some time on Sunday with the plan to have the Homegrown talent ready for the playoffs.

Heber didn’t get on the scoresheet (obviously) against New England but 15 goals in 22 games, just 18 starts, tells coach Jim Cutin and his Union players that they will have to be aware of the Brazilian on Sunday.

And while we are on the positives for the Bronx Boys, NYCFC head into the playoffs news that its best player, midfielder Maxi Moralez has extended his contract for seasons, tying the 20 assist man to NYC through 2021.

While Curtin’s troops will be on high alert whenever Heber is in sight of goal, Torrent’s men will have to pay special attention to Philadelphia’s 15 goal man Kacper Przybylko. A former Polish youth international, German born Przybylko will be looking to add New York to his list of recent high profile victims, having rung the bell versus LAFC and Atlanta. He also added a goal against San Jose in a 2-1 Union win on September 25th.

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