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Alejandro Bedoya nets winner in team's first MLS Is Back match

July 9, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Philadelphia Union News Release

CHESTER, Pa. - Before the opening kick-off of Philadelphia Union's MLS is Back contest against New York City FC, the team made a powerful statement by replacing their own names on the back of their jerseys with victims of police brutality. The club went on to earn three points after defeating New York City FC 1-0, Thursday morning. Union captain Alejandro Bedoya netted the eventual game winning goal in the 63rd minute, his first goal of the 2020 season. Goalkeeper Andre Blake recorded his first shutout of the 2020 season after making multiple key saves to preserve the victory. Additionally, Homegrown player Jack de Vries made his professional debut after coming on as a substitute in the 84th minute. The Union returns to action on Tuesday, July 14 vs. Inter Miami CF in the second Group A match of the MLS is Back Tournament (10:30 p.m. ET /TUDN).

Philadelphia Union 1 - NYCFC 0

Disney Wide World of Sports Complex (Orlando, Fla.)

Thursday, July 9, 2020


Referee: Armando Villarreal

Assistant Referees: Eduardo Mariscal, Matthew Nelson

Fourth Official: Robert Sibiga

VAR: Timothy Ford

Assistant VAR: Cameron Blanchard

Weather: 84 degrees and partly cloudy


PHI - Alejandro Bedoya 63'


PHI - Jose Martinez (caution) 34'

PHI - Jamiro Monteiro (caution) 45+6'

NYCFC - Anton Tinnerholm (caution) 82'

PHI - Jakob Glesnes (caution) 89'


Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Raymon Gaddis, Jack Elliott, Mark McKenzie, Kai Wagner Alejandro Bedoya (Jack De Vries, 84'), José Martínez (Warren Creavalle, 73'), Jamiro Monteiro, Brenden Aaronson (Jakob Glesnes, 83'); Kacper Przybylko, Ilsinho (Anthony Fontana, 58')

Substitutes not used: Joe Bendik, Matt Freese, Aurelien Collin, Matt Real, Olivier Mbaizo, Matej Oravec, Cole Turner

New York City FC: Sean Johnson; Anton Tinnerholm, James Sands, Alexander Callens, Ronald Matarrita; Alexander Ring, Keaton Parks (Jesus Medina, 45'), Ismael Tajouri-Shradi (Gary Mackay-Steven, 76'); Maximiliano Moralez (Gedion Zelalem, 76'), Valentin Castellanos (Gudmundur Thorarinsson, 90+3'), Heber

Substitutes not used: Luis Barraza, Maxime Chanot, Joe Scally, Tayvon Gray, Juan Torres, Justin Haak, Nicolas Acevedo


Goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves on the day, just three shy of his all-time record of 10 and one off his season high of eight. He also recorded his first shutout of the 2020 season, pushing his club record to 31. This marks Blake's 47th career win for Philadelphia.

Alejandro Bedoya scored his first goal of the season, his 11th career goal with the Union. It is his first goal since kick starting Philadelphia's 4-3 come-back victory over the New York Red Bulls in the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs (10/20/2019). He also added two key passes, finished with an 86.5% passing accuracy and won 14 duels.

This 1-0 victory has been a rare result for the Union. The last 1-0 victory came on September 19, 2018 on the road against the Seattle Sounders. It is the first shutout victory for the Union since July 20, 2019 when they defeated the Chicago Fire 2-0.

18-year old Homegrown player Jack de Vries made his professional debut after coming into the match as a substitute in the 84th minute. For the third match in a row, four Homegrown players played for the Union. Mark McKenzie and Brenden Aaronson started for the third-straight match, with Anthony Fontana making a substitute appearance for the third-straight match as well.

The Union return to play July 14 vs. Inter Miami CF in the second Group A match of the MLS is Back Tournament (10:30 p.m. ET /TUDN).

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