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Substitute Talles Magno scored in the 88th minute and visiting New York City FC rallied to reach their first-ever MLS Cup with a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union on Sunday afternoon.

Magno, 19, who has scored just two goals in the regular season, helped NYCFC defeat Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference Finals on a day the visitors were deprived of the Golden Shoe winner of MLS, Valentin Castellanos, due to a red card suspension. Castellanos will be able to return for Saturday’s final against the Portland Timbers.

Maxi Moralez also scored for fourth-seeded City, which defeated No.2-seeded Philadelphia in the East, after passing the Supporters’ Shield winners and seeded New England Revolution on penalties. on goal in the conference semi-finals.

COVID-19 protocols ruled out 11 players for the hosts, who were forced to make six changes from the starting lineup of their previous round triumph on penalties against the No.3 seed Nashville City SC .

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Union top scorer Kacper Przybylko helped NYCFC self-scoring to give Philadelphia a lead that lasted less than two minutes.

Just seconds after the restart after the Philadelphia goal in the 63rd minute, New York’s Maxime Chanot led a speculative effort from a distance as third-choice goaltender Matt Freese reversed in an awkward save. Magno got some of the rebound before it finally fell to Moralez at the far post, who hammered a powerful finish past Freese.

Freese redeemed himself with a great save from the deflected header from Alexander Callens, and the Union could have regained the advantage in the 87th when Nathan Harriel shot a header over the bar.

Instead, minutes later, Gudmundur Thorarinsson took advantage of a mistake by defender Olivier Mbaizo to work freely inside the left side of the penalty area. From there he directed a firm cross to sprinter Magno, who hammered a first time past Freese.

The NYCFC, in its seventh season of existence, will now travel to Portland for a landmark date with the Timbers at Providence Park on Saturday (3 p.m. ET, broadcast live on ABC).

Source: espn.co.uk

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