Sensing the need for an adjustment, Jim Curtin shuffled his lineup by sliding Roland Alberg into the number ten role and shifting captain Alejandro Bedoya back to the number eight role.
Revitalized by a different lineup, the Philadelphia Union came out on the press and attacked heavily in the first half.
The Union’s press gave New York City FC problems throughout the first half.
In the eighth minute, a Bedoya tackle led to a chance on net for Alberg, who missed his attempt wide.
Bedoya looked like a completely different player in the first half in comparison to his season so far. Possibly rejuvenated by a position change, Bedoya was all over the field in the first half in a good way. Leading the press, Bedoya had three tackles and three recoveries.
In addition to his defensive play, Bedoya nearly put the Union up one in the 27th minute. However, NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson did well to parry the ball away from danger.
At this point not much more needs to be said about the elite Andre Blake. He came up huge throughout the first half. First, he denied Jack Harrison in the 22nd minute with a great save.
Then, he turned away Maxi Moralez in the 30th minute from point blank range.
Overall, there was marked improvement from the last home match for the Union, who will look to carry their good play over to the second half in hopes of taking all three poi