Union Down Reading United 2-0

Affiliate Club Serves as Tune-Up for Seattle

Reading, Pa. (June 23, 2010) - Tuning up for PPL Park’s grand opening
this Sunday, the Philadelphia Union earned a 2-0 win at Don Thomas Stadium
against affiliate club Reading United AC on a hot Wednesday evening. After an
Eric Schoenle own goal put Philadelphia up 1-0 in the 34th minute, Nick
Zimmerman netted the Union’s second goal in the 59th minute on an assist from
Roger Torres. 

Forward Sebastien Le Toux nearly helped the Union
take an early lead in the eighth minute, but his darting run through the right
side of the area and subsequent shot were stifled by Reading goalkeeper Jeremy
Vuolo. 

The Union had their chances throughout the first
half, but utilized some help from Reading’s defense to get on the board. After
Le Toux found Andrew Jacobson along the right touchline, Jacobson’s service
into the box deflected off of Schoenle into the net, giving Philadelphia a 1-0
advantage.

The Union gained some breathing room after a
combination between Mwanga and Torres near the top of the box led to a
left-footed strike from Zimmerman that put Philadelphia up 2-0.

Perhaps the most exciting play of the match was
one that didn’t lead to a goal. In the 62nd minute off a Reading corner, J.T.
Noone, who joined the Union on Wednesday from the Harrisburg City Islanders,
found Mwanga in Philadelphia’s territory. Mwanga proceeded to beat three
defenders while diagonally cutting across the field before unleashing a shot
with two defenders on his back. Mwanga wasn’t able to convert, but the vast
potential he has shown while scoring three stoppage time goals this season was
yet again on full display.

The Union were able to spread significant minutes
across their roster against Reading, something that will serve them well coming
out of MLS’ World Cup break. With PPL Park opening its doors on Sunday, June
27, Philadelphia will look to use the momentum of a brand new stadium and home
crowd to begin turning their season around against Seattle Sounders FC.

Scoring Summary

PHI – Own Goal

PHI – Nick Zimmerman (Roger Torres, Danny Mwanga)
59’

Philadelphia Union First
Half
 -- Brad Knighton; Shea Salinas, Cristian
Arrieta, Danny Califf, Jordan Harvey; Roger Torres, Andrew Jacobson, Fred,
Amobi Okugo; Sebastien Le Toux; Alejandro Moreno

Philadelphia Union Second
Half
 – Brian Perk; Michael Orozco, Cristian
Arrieta, Jordan Harvey, JT Noone; Toni Stahl, Nick Zimmerman, Roger Torres,
Amobi Okugo; Jack McInerney, Danny Mwanga

Reading United AC -- Jeremy Vuolo; Ged Quinn, Eric Schoenle, Ray Gaddis,
Matt Hedges; Eric Detzel; Levi Houapeu; Alex Dixon; Andrew Wenger; Stephen
Hogan; CJ Sapong