Philadelphia Union vs. New York City FC - 7/9/20 MLS Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia Union vs. New York City FC - 7/9/20 MLS Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

New York City FC vs. Philadelphia Union

MLS Soccer: Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 9:00 am

The Line: Philadelphia +174 / NY +145 / Draw +225 -- Over/Under: 3 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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New York City FC and Philadelphia Union meet Thursday night in the MLS is Back Tournament soccer action at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

New York City FC produced an 0-2-0 record in its first two games and didn’t score a single goal in those matches. New York City FC has actually lost each of its last three matches and has failed to find the back of the net in every match. New York City FC hasn’t scored a goal since its victory over AD San Carlos in the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League. While the sample size isn’t large, you could argue New York City FC was the worst team in the MLS up to this point. Alexandru Mitrita leads New York City FC with two shots on goal, while Valentin Castellanos and Jesus Medina each have one shot on goal. Defensively, Sean Johnson has 13 saves on 15 shots on goal. 

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Philadelphia Union was 0-1-1 in its first two games with its most recent match resulting in a 3-3 draw against Los Angeles Football Club. Philadelphia Union had serious issues on the defensive side in those two matches, allowing five goals, which was tied for the most in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia Union has allowed two or more goals in their last six matches overall. Sergio Santos leads Philadelphia Union with one goal, Jamiro Monteiro has one assist and Brenden Aaronson has two shots on goal. Defensively, Andre Blake has 11 saves on 16 shots faced.

New York City FC has won each of the last four meetings against Philadelphia Union, which includes a 2-1 victory in the last meeting back in October. Philadelphia Union hasn’t won a game against New York City FC since August of 2018. Each of the last four meetings have produced at least three goals.

New York City FC has had the upper hand in past matchups, but it's also a team that didn't look good at all in its first two games and couldn't find the back of the net once. Philadelphia Union had flashes of potential its last time out against a quality team, and they should feel good about their ability on the offensive end. I'll bet against history here and side with Philadelphia Union, the team that looked better in the small sample size.

Give me Philadelphia Union and early two times my money.

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Randy’s Pick Philadelphia Union +174

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.