By Julie Glass
Valentín Castellanos scored two goals to lead New York City FC to a 4-2 victory over the visiting Union.
The Union (9-5-5) twice rallied, with Maxililiano Moralez scoring on penalty kicks after Castellanos was fouled inside the box. The penalties tied it at 1 in the 23rd minute and at 2 in the 55th and gave Moralez five goals.
The momentum changed after the second penalty drew the ire of the Union. NYCFC put the pressure on and eventually Castellanos capped a nice buildup by taking a pass from Moralez and from just outside the box sent a hard roller into the corner for his fourth goal. Just seven minutes later, in the 78th minute, Castellanos and Moralez pulled off a give-and-go, with Castellanos beating the keeper to the ball. The two assists gave Moralez a league-leading 11 helpers.
The first-place Union took the lead in the seventh minute when Fafa Picault settled a chip from Jamiro Monteiro and made a quick turn and strike for his second goal. Kacper Przbylko had the other Union goal in the 30th minute.