Choking a 3 goal lead 3 weeks ago was the wakeup call for Jim Curtain and the Philadelphia Union. A week after choking a 3-0 lead they manage to shut out a very dangerous LA Galaxy team in LA. Just last week, they were able to shut out the New York Redbulls with a 3-0 win as C.J. Sapong picked up a hat trick. This week, the boys in blue knew they had a tough contest ahead of them as they had to travel to the historic RFK stadium to take on the D.C. United. The last time these two teams met, the Union lost 2-1 in RFK on April 1st. Last night, the Union looked for a much different result.
The 1st half kicked off favorably for the Union, as they seemed to be in control for a majority of the half. In the 21st minute, a slip from D.C. defender Kofi Opare led to Ilsinho getting a great look and ripping a shot from 19 yards out. The shot however did not trouble Bill Hamid and the game remained scoreless.
Just 5 minutes later in the 26th minute, Chris Pontius sprinted in the box after being played in by Sapong, and put a ball in on goal. A sliding Ilsinho couldn’t get it as a sliding Steve Birnbaum cleared the ball out only for Fafa Picault to take a rip from inside the box just to have it blocked by Kofi Opare and keeping the game at 0-0.
However, the Union found some luck in the 39th minute as Haris Medunjanin registered his first goal of the season. Haris found some space and hit a rocket with his left foot from outside the box past Bill Hamid to make it 1-0 Union.
The second half started with a bang in the 55th minute as DC midfielder Luciano Acosta got knocked over by Oguchi Onyeu, after the official did not call a foul, Acosta clipped Ilsinho hard and was shown a red card.
Nine minutes later the 10 men D.C. United let up another goal as the birthday boy Oguchi Onyewu headed in a corner kick from Haris Medunjanin. Onyewu used his big body and got free in the box to put it past Hamid to make it 2-0.
The United began to crumble after that as in the 78th minute the Union struck again. This time it was the speedster Fafa Picault who ripped a shot from outside the box to sneak past Bill Hamid. Picault’s shot was a curler that hit upper 90 that was extremely out of the reach of the United keeper.
Just 10 minutes later it got even worse for the red and black as yet another goal occurred for the Union in the 88th minute. Fabian Herbers one timed a hard pass from Alejandro Bedoya from outside the 18’ that went up and over Hamid to make it 4-0.
This was a big win for the Union as the win made it their second win in a row and third clean sheet in a row. With all this momentum the Union will be home for games this Wednesday May 17th, and Saturday May 20th. On the 17th, the Union will host the MLS’ leading scorer Erick “Cubo” Torres and the dangerous Houston Dynamo. On May 20th, the Union will welcome Tim Howard and the Colorado Rapids at 7 PM.
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