The Union are now 0-4-2 to start the season, after suffering their fourth straight lose to New York City FC on Friday. There has been a lot of pressure on Jim Curtin recently to change up the line up and he somewhat did. Curtin moved Bedoya to the number 8 spot and started Alberg at the number 10. 2017 fourth round draft pick, Jack Elliot, also got his first start, replacing Onyewu at right center back.
At first, these changes played an impact for the Union in the first 30 minutes. The Union were able to keep pressure and possession in New York’s side of the field. Alberg and Medunjanin were able to play long balls to the feets of Pontius and Ilsinho. While Bedoya looked more confident in the number 8 role and was able to run into the box on multiple occasions, even getting a shot on goal.
Then a deja vu moment happened around the 30 minutes. New York City FC started to find space and chances against the Union. While the home team looked like they started to lose rhythm and confidence. The same scenario played out last week against the Portland Timbers. Around the 50th minute, the New York went up one to nothing and great passing lead to Jack Harrison getting in behind the Union defense. After the goal, the team looked even more lost, unable to create any real dangerous chances on goals.
David Villa put the cherry on top for New York with a 50 yard chip over Andre Blake to put the visitors up 2-0. The Union will try and fix a quickly sinking ship next weekend, when they wrap up their three game homestand against the Montreal Impacts.