The Philadelphia Union (4-3-3, 3rd place Eastern Conference) looked to continue their home lossless streak (5-0-2) having not lost an MLS league game at home since September 12th of last year, and draws in each of the last three matches overall. On a beautiful late May night for futbol in Chester, Pa, they hosted I-95 rivals DC United (3-4-4, 6th place) who were coming off a 2 – 0 home win against the NY Red Bulls last Friday.
Starting XI’s Union:
1 G Andre Blake, DF’s 12 Keegan Rosenberry, 15 Josh Yaro, 16 Richie Marquez, 33 Fabinho, MF’s, 7 Brian Carroll(C), 2 Carren Creavalle 9 Sebastien Le Toux, , 10Tranquillo Barnetta, 13 CChris Pontius, FW17 C.J. Sapong
G 48 Worra, DF’s 2 Kemp, 15 Birnbaum, 32 Boswell (C) , 5 Franklin, MF’s 13 Naegle, 14 DeLeon, 7 Sarvas, 12 Nyarko, , 11 Acosta, FW 9 Saboria
In a game that seemed destined to be a 0-0 Draw, the Union on a great feed into the box by Le Toux to Richie Marquez, for his 1st MLS goal in the 1st minute of stoppage time, managed to get the 3 points the 17,364 fans screamed for all night. Marquez was beaming in the press room after the game and when asked how he was able to finish the play he responded “Surprisingly we train to finish plays like that”.
The 1st half was mostly a back and forth affair w/ no real good finishes by either team. From 25′ on the Union had the best looks but everything was either just missing a player or shot over the net. In the latter stages of the 1st DC did control the ball a bit more but w/ little results as the Union D stopped every run w/ Yaro doing some very nice sweeping in front of Blake. It was a surprisingly unphysical 1st half w/ only 14 fouls called and a lot let go and the only Yellow went to DCs Nyarko for delaying play interfering w/ Blakes putting a ball back into play. The 1st half came to an end Nil-Nil w/ neither team really having a shot that had much chance to hit the back of the net and each goalie having to make one save on 6 shots by the Union and 5 by DC. Possession favored the U by 10% but it was really a pretty even 1st half.
The 2nd half ratcheted up the physicality a notch as there wound up being 4 yellows including Barnetta w/ Yellow in the 80′ minute for unsporting behaviour. Gaddis also in the 82′ as the #RivalryWeek game got more heated as the score sheet continued to show 0’s. The Union missed a great chance in the 50′ after a save by Worra, Le Toux could not get a foot on the ball right in front of him in the box w/ an almost empty net. Otherwise 2nd verse same as the 1st w/ a lot of back and forth w/ few great chances save the one by Le Toux and one by DC’s Saboria on a bicycle kick saved by Blake in the 63′ . Both teams used all 3 subs w/ one of the Unions being an injury sub as Fabhino was having some muscle problems and Raymon Gaddis came in for him in the 71′ .
In the end every Philly phan went home happy on the stoppage time # in the 91′ Richie Marquez Assisted By SebastienLeToux to put a good start on what MLS has been hyping as on a gorgeous night for Soccer in Chester, Pa.