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3 Takeaways from NYCFC’s historic win to reach their first-ever MLS Cup

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Despite the loss of about half their starting lineup to MLS Health and Safety Protocols in the days leading up to the match, the Philadelphia Union – and 19,487 of their closest friends – produced a stirring display of dedication and defiance at Subaru Park on Sunday afternoon, pushing New York City FC to the limit in a fiery, ferociously taut Eastern Conference Final.

Soccer is often said to be a game of mistakes, and with extra time looming with the match deadlocked at 1-1, a late error by Olivier Mbaizo – the only member of the Union’s usual backline who was available on the day – led to Talles Magno’s dramatic 88th-minute winner. And now NYCFC head to the Rose City next Saturday to take on the Portland Timbers in MLS Cup 2021 (3 pm ET | ABC, UniMás).

Here are three key areas from another memorable Audi MLS Cup Playoff clash down on the Delaware River . . .

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