New York Metropolis FC attain the MLS Cup for the primary time in staff historical past due to a 2-1 win away towards the Philadelphia Union on Sunday.
Objectives from Maxi Moralez and Talles Magno have been sufficient to seal the Pigeons’ journey to Portland subsequent weekend, canceling out an Alexander Callens personal aim simply after the hour mark.
Had you merely tuned in for the primary half, you’d have been completely unaware of the drama to come back. Each side appeared content material to really feel one another out slightly than actually commit, with little in the way in which of significant probabilities. The Union’s 11 absentees clearly disrupted their rhythm, whereas NYCFC missed the focus of Taty Castellanos.
However the second half turned the sport on its head, with each side buying and selling blows virtually from the primary whistle. The Union drew first blood with a superb Daniel Gazdag supply being turned residence by the unlucky Callens. However his teammates dug him out virtually instantly, with Moralez firing residence from shut vary simply two minutes later.
Regardless of loads of intent, the 2 sides struggled to make one other breakthrough and extra-time loomed. However that is MLS, issues hardly ever pan out the way you count on them to. Philly right-back Olivier Mbaizo was responsible of ball-watching, with Gudmundur Thorarinsson stealing in and establishing Talles Magno for a dramatic late winner.
Listed here are the complete participant scores for Saturday’s dramatic encounter…
Matt Freese (GK) – 7/10 – Checked out fault for the NYCFC equalizer at first look, however upon additional viewing, Chanot’s effort took a wild swerve that will catch any goalkeeper out. Made a few massive saves afterwards.
Olivier Mbaizo (RB) – 4/10 – The one common in teh backline, Mbaizo put in an actual shift for the Union. He merely must be marked proper down for his mistake on the NYCFC winner.
Stuart Findlay (CB) – 7/10 – A stable afternoon, saved Heber utterly quiet within the opening hour.
Aurelien Collin (CB) – 8/10 – Thrown in after not taking part in a senior sport since 2019 and was wonderful all through.
Nathan Harriel (LB) – 7/10 – A robust, energetic afternoon on each side of the ball for the teen.
Jack McGlynn (CM) – 6/10 – Could not actually get into the sport on the ball however put in an excellent defensive shift.
Jose Martinez (CM) – 7/10 – Made some good driving runs from midfield and coordinated a really efficient Union press.
Leon Flach (CM) – 7/10 – The Union wanted a cool head and loads of power in midfield with so many absences. Flach supplied each. Additionally examined Johnson with a robust shot proper after half-time.
Jamiro Monteiro (CAM) – 8/10 – Was an excellent artistic outlet for Philadelphia and compelled numerous errors from NYCFC defenders together with his fast closing down.
Daniel Gazdag (CAM) – 8/10 – Arrange Flach for that effort early within the second half after which delivered an exquisite ball into the field for the Callens own-goal.
Kacper Przybylko (ST) – 8/10 – Battled exhausting towards the NYCFC center-backs, profitable a match-high 5 aerial duels. Additionally made an important run to power an personal aim out of Callens to make it 1-0.
Jesus Bueno (for McGlynn, 75 minutes) – 5/10 – Unable to have an effect on the sport.
Anthony Fontana (for Harriel, 90 minutes) – N/A – Introduced on too late to vary the sport.
Paxten Aaronson (for Flach, 90 minutes) – N/A – As above.
Sean Johnson (GK) – 6 /10 – May do little concerning the Callens personal aim, made a few first rate saves.
Tayvon Grey (RB) – 6/10 – Has loads of high quality on the ball for such an inexperienced participant. Comparatively stable defensively however misplaced Harriel for a header late within the second half, fortunately going unpunished.
Maxime Chanot (CB) – 7/10 – Delivered the depraved shot which ultimately led to the Moralez equalizer and was stable on the again.
Alexander Callens (CB) – 7/10 – Was an absolute big on the again and has solely been marked down due to scoring an personal aim.
Malte Amundsen (LB) – 5/10 – Tried to supply NYCFC with an attacking outlet down the left however was too sloppy together with his remaining ball.
James Sands (CM) – 7/10 – Completed the sport with a exceptional 92% cross completion charge, which is exceptional contemplating how excessive the Union pressed for the ball. Appears to be like an increasing number of prepared for that soar to Europe.
Alfredo Morales (CM) – 7/10 – Tidy on the ball and acquired via quite a lot of defensive work.
Maxi Moralez (CAM) – 9/10 – Got here to life within the second half, not solely scoring the equalizer, however popping up all around the pitch to tug the Union off form. Father time is struggling to maintain up with Moralez.
Jesus Medina (RW) – 6/10 – Had a few harmful moments, together with a shot early within the second half that was well-saved by Freese. However it wasn’t his greatest day.
Heber (ST) – 4/10 – Regarded effectively off the tempo and was an apparent alternative to get replaced early within the second half.
Santiago Rodriguez (LW) – 6/10 – Not his handiest sport however nonetheless had a number of harmful moments.
Gudmundur Thorarinsson (for Amundsen, 58 minutes) – 8/10 – Refined NYCFC’s supply from the left and did brilliantly to steal the ball and arrange Talles Magno for the winner.
Talles Magno (for Medina, 58 minutes) – 8/10 – Scored the largest aim in NYCFC historical past to this point.
Ismael Tajouri-Shradi (for Heber, 58 minutes) – 7/10 – Gave NYCFC a brand new dimension together with his trickery and direct working.