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Union, New York City FC play to 1-1 draw

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Kacper Przybylko scored the lone goal for the Philadelphia Union as they played to a 1-1 draw Sunday against host New York City FC.

The Union (14-8-12, 54 points) clinched the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and a home playoff game.

Philadelphia will be heading to the postseason for the fourth consecutive season.

Valentin Castellanos scored NYCFC’s goal to complete its regular season with a five-game unbeaten streak.

NYCFC (14-11-9, 51 points) is also going to compete in the playoffs as it finished with the No. 4 seed.

The game was a tight defensive battle through the first 20 minutes as neither team had a strong scoring opportunity.

NYCFC was then reduced to 10 players when Gedion Zelalem was sent off with a red card for a reckless tackle against Leon Flach. Zelalem was initially given a yellow card in the 21st minute, but after video review, he was ejected.

The Union capitalized and went ahead 1-0 in the 26th minute when Przybylko pounced on a loose ball in front and tapped it into the net.

NYCFC had a chance in the 42nd minute, but Jesus Medina wasn’t able to quite control the ball and shot the ball high and wide.

In the 49th minute, NYCFC nearly equalized as Alfredo Morales redirected a corner kick. But goalkeeper Andre Blake was in position to make the diving save.

NYCFC kept attacking and tied the game at 1 in the 53rd minute when Castellanos headed a cross past Blake for his 19th goal, which ties for the MLS lead.

Philadelphia’s Alejandro Bedoya sent a pass into the box for Daniel Gazdag in the 57th minute, but it was just out of reach and goalkeeper Sean Johnson covered it up.

NYCFC earned a corner kick in the 78th minute after controlling possession for a bit, but Blake punched out the cross from Medina.

In the 80th minute, Philadelphia’s Jamiro Monteiro managed to strike a low lining left-footed shot from the top of the box right at Johnson.

–Field Level Media

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