A week after they had one of their worst losses in franchise history, the Union were back in action hosting Real Salt Lake. One big change for Philadelphia was the absence of Tranquillo Barnetta. Barnetta was suspended after last week’s game, so Warren Creavalle took his place in the midfield. For Real Salt Lake, their big 3 that consists of Kyle Beckerman, Javier Morales, and goalkeeper Nick Rimando all started for Salt Lake.
The first half, only saw a few chances in what was a somewhat feisty affair. Several hard challenges and a small confrontation took up most of the first half. However, in the 42nd minute the Union got a huge break. As C.J. Sapong was backing down defender Aaron Maund in the box. Maund pulled Sapong down which earned a penalty kick for the Union! In the 44th minute, Roland Alberg converted that penalty kick past talented goalkeeper Nick Rimando to make it 1-0.
The second half started off exactly how Philadelphia didn’t want it to. In the 48th minute, Real Salt Lake was able to tie the game with a ridiculous shot by Joao Plata. From just within the box Joao Plata unleashed a lazer that curled past Blake and went just underneath the bar to tie the game 1-1.
Just 6 minutes later, Real Salt Lake pounced again, as this time Javier Morales floated one from just within the box up and over Blake to make it 2-1.
The rest of the second half was filled without any big Union chances until the 89th minute, where Nick Rimando stunned all the fans at Talen Energy Stadium. Off a corner kick Rimando was able to save two shots, one from Carroll and another from Tribbett to preserve the 2-1 lead.
Unfortunately, that is all she wrote as the Union have been defeated for the third game in a row. With the transfer deadline coming up on Tuesday many fans hope to see the Union bring in a new forward after a poor effort from C.J. Sapong tonight. The Union will travel down I-95 to play the D.C. United next Saturday at 7 P.M.
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