MLS 2017 - Apr 14 - New York City FC defeated Philadelphia Union 2-0 By SAQUAN STIMPSON

Jack Elliott gets his first MLS start

Philadelphia Union Defender JACK ELLIOTT (3) passes the ball to Philadelphia Union Midfielder ALEJANDRO BEDOYA (11) in the second half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC Friday, Apr. 17, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Two weeks removed from making his first MLS appearance, Jack Elliott got his first MLS start. Paired up with Richie Marquez in the middle, Elliott played the full 90 and showed he could handle the big stage. Elliott completed 42 passes in the match and had a 75 percent passing rating. In the 69th minute, Rodney Wallace found himself with a wide open net, but Elliot made a big stop in front of the goal line to keep him from scoring. Head Coach Jim Curtin said Elliott earned the start and played well against New York City FC's star, David Villa.

New York City FC Attacker DAVID VILLA (7) kicks the ball 60 plus yards for the score in 90th minute in the second half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC Friday, Apr. 17, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Philadelphia Union Keeper ANDRE BLAKE (1) looks at the ball in disbelief after New York City FC Attacker DAVID VILLA (7) scored in the 90th minute in the second half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC Friday, Apr. 17, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

New York City FC Attacker DAVID VILLA (7) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal in the 90th minute during a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC Friday, Apr. 17, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

"Jack did a good job in the preseason, and had some really good performances now with Bethlehem Steel," Curtin said. "He did well when he was called upon against DC United. He's a guy who's a really good passer of the ball and he wins aerial duels. He's a confident young player and one we believe in, and he stepped into a tough spot and did a good job."

Adam Najem makes MLS debut

One of the Union's most promising young signee during the offseason, Najem found himself in the Union's game day 18 for the first time. And in the 71st minute, Curtin called for Najem to enter the game, replacing Roland Alberg. Najem played 19 minutes, completing 10 passes in the match and covering lots of ground. He also took one corner for the Union. Much like Elliott, Curtin said Najem played well in his debut.

"I'm still very happy with the performance of some of the guys who played tonight, especially the young guys," Curitn said. "I thought Adam came into the game and left a mark on it."

Belief is still there

New York City FC Keeper SEAN JOHNSON (1) attempts to make a save in the first half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC Friday, Apr. 17, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Philadelphia Union Attacker C.J. SAPONG (17) attempts to score as New York City FC Keeper SEAN JOHNSON (1) defends in the first half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC Friday, Apr. 17, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

New York City FC Keeper SEAN JOHNSON (1) attempts to make a save using his body in the first half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC Friday, Apr. 17, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

In his post-game press conference, Curtin again acknowledged tonight's game was not the result he or the rest of the organization wanted. However, he and the club still believes in the club, and that the team continues to put in hard work. That hard work will lead to a good result, which will create more good results. It just takes one.

"We continue to work hard in training," Curtin said. "We have to get better and execute the opportunities we get. We had some in the first and a couple in the second. I know it's a tough time, but I also know we have a good team."

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