Union Fall Short in the 2022 MLS Cup

November 5, 2022 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Philadelphia Union News Release

CHESTER, Pa. - Philadelphia Union played Los Angeles FC Saturday afternoon at Banc of California Stadium in the 2022 MLS Cup Final, drawing 3-3 in regulation, and falling 3-0 in the post-regulation shootout. Los Angeles FC midfielder Kellyn Acosta scored the first goal of the match from a free kick in the 28th minute. Early into the second half, midfielder Jose Martinez found midfielder Daniel Gazdag on a long through ball, where Gazdag put his right footed shot into the back of the net to equalize the score in the 59th minute. LAFC defender Jesús Murillo scored the go-ahead goal in the 83rd minute with a header following a corner kick. Two minutes later, defender Kai Wagner found defender Jack Elliott's head on a set piece to equalize the match. Regulation time was not enough to separate the two sides, both teams remained scoreless through the first half of extra time despite chances on net. Late in the second half of extra time, defender Jack Elliott found the back of the net after a deflection off LAFC's goalkeeper bounced to his right foot in the 120+4 minute. Moments later in the 120+8 minute, Gareth Bale equalized with a header. The game was decided by kicks from the penalty spot, where LAFC won 3-0. After a historic regular season where they broke the club record for most goals scored (72), least goals conceded (26), most points in a season (67), highest goal differential (+46), and most wins in team history (19), the Union achieved their best finish in the MLS Cup Playoffs, reaching the MLS Cup Final for the first time in club history and finishing the regular season as a high enough ranked seed to host two Eastern Conference playoff matches.

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