319 days after meeting in last season’s Eastern Conference Final, these two go head-to-head once more.
Back in December, a covid-ravaged Philadelphia side were beaten 2-1 by NYCFC, who would go onto lift MLS Cup the following weekend.
The same teams now meet at the same venue at the same stage; will it produce the same result?
Philadelphia Union entered the post-season at the Conference semi-final stage, having finished top of the east.
Last Thursday, Leon Flach’s emphatic finish was enough to see Philly edge out FC Cincinnati in Chester.
Jim Curtin’s men have finished first in the east in two of the last three seasons, picking up the 2020 Supporters’ Shield.
However, the Union are yet to feature in MLS Cup, getting to this round for the first time 12 months ago.
Will Philadelphia smash that glass celling, thereby exacting some revenge?
New York City FC meanwhile ended up 12 points below their hosts in the regular season.
In the first round, Nick Cushing’s side hammered Inter Miami 3-0 at Citi Field, scoring thrice after the interval.
Then, last Sunday, NYCFC sprung a bit of a surprise, shattering CF Montréal’s dreams at Stade Saputo.
Maxi Moralez’s tap-in, Héber’s cool finish and then Talles Magno’s impudent penalty securing a 3-1 victory north of the boarder.
NYCFC did actually lose both regular season meetings with the Union, 2-0 in the Bronx and 2-1 in Pennsylvania.
The latter was one of the most dramatic games of the entire season, with Cory Burke snatching a 96th minute winner.
Who will be celebrating this time at Subaru Park, with a place at MLS Cup on the line?