Recap: NYCFC takes down Union in season finale

Ronald Matarrita and Ismael Tajouri-Shradi scored first-half goals to lift New York City FC to a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium on Decision Day presented by AT&T.

Matarrita, who was a late pregame sub for the injured Heber, put NYCFC in front on seven minutes, completing a nice buildup that started with him combining with Maxi Moralez, who slipped a pass to Ben Sweat.

Sweat played the ball back to the edge of the 18-yard box to Taty Castellanos, who slipped in Matarrita, who took a settling touch before finishing with his right foot from 10 yards out.

The visitors doubled their advantage in the 22nd minute as Tajouri-Shradi spun out of the 18-yard box and chipped a deflected shot past Andre Blake. Tajouri-Shradi would leave the match 10 minutes later, suffering an ankle injury, replaced by Jesus Medina.

The Union had a golden chance to pull within a goal before the break, but Sean Johnson denied an Andrew Wooten header at the goal line. Philadelphia pulled a goal back three minutes from full time when Marco Fabian scored from the penalty spot after Ebenezer Ofori was called for a handball in the box.


  • 7' - NYC - Ronald Matarrita | WATCH
  • 22' - NYC - Ismael Tajouri-Shradi | WATCH 
  • 87' - PHI - Marco Fabian (PK) | WATCH