Jim Curtain and the Philadelphia Union had quite the dominant win last game as they won 4-0 against the D.C United, they looked to repeat that performance last night against one of the top teams in the West the Houston Dynamo. All eyes would be on the two of the top scorers in the league last night, as C.J. Sapong of the Union went up against Erick “Cubo” Torres of the Dynamo. Heading into the match, the Union fielded the same lineup they did this past Saturday with Ilsinho in the center attacking mid position, and Fafa Picault getting the start on the wing.
The first half started off like any other first half this season for the boys in blue, as they seemed to be in control for the first 15 minutes. In the 17th minute, the Union once again struck first. Ilsinho started the attack and made a wonderful move past a dynamo player at the top of the box and laid it off to Chris Pontius on the wing. Pontius put in a cross to Fafa Picault. The little 5’8″ midfielder soared over A.J. DeLaGarza and headed one that hit bar down on the crossbar but fell into the net to make it 1-0. If it wasn’t for Ilsinho’s great move at the top of the box, that goal may not have happened. Ilsinho is feeling more comfortable in his new role of an attacking midfielder game by game.
After a few dangerous shots from Alejandro Bedoya and Ilsinho in about a span of 10 minutes, the Union hit the back of the net again in the 38th minute. A good buildup by the Union led to C.J. Sapong at the top of the box laying another ball of to Chris Pontius. Pontius quickly slotted a pass into the center of the box and Ilsinho one timed a shot past Joe Willis to make it 2-0.
The second half saw the Houston Dynamo looks more and more dangerous as the minutes went by. However, Andre Blake made a few key stops including one in the 77th minute where he stopped a breakaway chance from former teammate Andrew Wenger.
All in all it was a solid win for the Union as they pickup their third win in a row and fourth clean sheet in a row. Next up the Union will find themselves hosting another Western Conference team. On Saturday the Union will be hosting the American Hero Tim Howard and the rest of the Colorado Rapids at 7 PM.
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