The Philadelphia Union have won three straight meetings with New York City FC, including a 3-1 win in last season’s Eastern Conference Final. Only the New York Red Bulls, from May 2015 to May 2016, have recorded four straight wins over New York City FC in MLS play (including playoffs).
New York City FC has lost four of its last five games (D1) though all of those have been on the road. At home, New York City FC is unbeaten in 10 straight games in all competitions (W8 D2), including opening this season with four wins in five at home (D1).
After opening the season with one point from its first four away matches (D1 L3), Philadelphia has won two in a row on the road in league play. This is the 12th time the Philadelphia Union have won consecutive road MLS matches though they have never managed to win three in a row away from home in league play.
The long goal New York City FC conceded in its 1-1 draw with Orlando City SC on May 17 was an Ercan Kara header, the league-high sixth headed goal New York City FC has allowed this season. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Union are one the two teams (New England Revolution) yet to score a headed goal this season.
Daniel Gazdag scored his 13th career regular-season penalty goal on Saturday on his 13th attempt from the spot, giving him the best 100-percent penalty record in MLS history. On the 13 attempts, Gazdag has gone to the left four times, to the right five times and down the middle four times.