Union gut out 2-1 road win in San Jose

While you were sleeping, the Union summoned all their grit, took advantage of some timely VAR usage, and beat short-handed San Jose in California, 2-1.

Union first XI: Andre Blake; Ray Gaddis, Jack Elliott, Aurelien Collin, Kai Wagner; Haris Medunjanin, Alejandro Bedoya; Jamiro Monteiro (Warren Creavalle 88′), Marco Fabian (Fafa Picault 63′), Andrew Wooten (Ilsinho 53′); Kacper Przybylko

The Quakes started the match already down their top goal scorer as well as their top assist man. Chris Wondolowski and Cristian Espinoza were both suspended for the match, but the Quakes found ways to pressure the Union and create more of the chances early, causing concern for Union keeper Andre Blake and the Philly defense.

The two sides went back and forth early. Following a five minute stoppage for a San Jose man to receive attention after he and Przybylko got tangled up and Kacper accidentally stepped on his head, and with all the Union momentum gone, the Quakes struck first. In the 35th minute, Jackson Yueill took the final pass from a Danny Hoesen and Magnus Eriksson combination in the box and slid it past Blake to the near side and low, and that’s how the teams went into the room.

It appeared to go to 2-0 in San Jose’s favor just a minute into the second half but video review showed that potential goalscorer Danny Hoesen was in an offside position before the ball was played to him.

The captain weighed in with another big goal in the 70th minute. Alejandro Bedoya took a feed from Ray Gaddis near the top of the box, took a touch to his right, and unleashed a low, hard shot that beat Daniel Vega low to the far post and into the side netting.

Kacper the friendly striker scored his fifteenth goal of the season six minutes later, taking a cross from Jamiro Monteiro and heading it low past Quakes keeper for the final margin.

Video review again came in handy with the match at 2-1, when Aurelien Colin shouldered down Andre Rios in the box, attempting to shield him from gaining a ball that was rolling out of play. The initial call from referee Baldomero Toledo was penalty to San Jose, but subsequent review revealed to Toledo there was not enough in it to merit a penalty. From there, the Union saw the match out.

The Union set a record for most wins in a season last night with 16. Kacper Przybylko’s fifteenth also pushes him past Sebastien Le Toux for second on the Union’s all time goals scored list. The win puts the Union in second place, one point above Atlanta and six points below NYCFC, with all three teams needing to play two more tilts.


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