Recap: Union Overwhelm Chivas in 3-0 Win
Chester, Pa. (September 25, 2010) –
Philadelphia Union (7-12-6) put forth their most dominating effort in franchise history
Saturday, topping Chivas USA (7-14-4) by a score of 3-0 in a late afternoon affair at PPL Park.
After Alejandro Moreno opened the scoring by heading home a corner kick, Fred doubled
Philadelphia’s lead in first half stoppage time before Sebastien Le Toux
provided an insurance goal in the second half off a free kick, his 12th
of the season. The shutout was the Union’s second in three league matches, all
since Brad Knighton took over as the club's starting goalkeeper.
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The Goats had the first dangerous
scoring opportunity of the match when Alan Gordon sent Justin Braun into space
with a well-weighted throughball in the 16th minute, but Knighton came sliding out of his box to make a tackle just in the nick of
The Union nearly
opened their account just a minute later when Le Toux found a darting Moreno in
the box, but the veteran’s diving header fell just wide left of the near post.
Philadelphia’s offensive pressure paid
off the 26th minute, when Justin Mapp’s corner was headed in by
Moreno at the far post, just the second tally of Philadelphia's season coming directly off
a corner. The veteran forward was able to hold his ground at the edge of the
six-yard box while fighting for position with Rodolpho Espinoza, redirecting a
perfectly placed, curling service into the side-netting for a 1-0 advantage.
The Union would find another goal right
before the interval after Mariano Trujillo was handed a yellow card along the
left touchline, setting up a free kick by Le Toux. The Frenchman’s low service
was flicked on goal by Moreno, creating a rebound after goalkeeper Zach
Thornton was unable to control the initial attempt. The deflection came
directly to Fred, who had a wide open net to work with, easily slotting home
his third goal of season to put the Union up 2-0.
Philadelphia didn’t sit back to protect
their lead in the second half, instead continuing to press forward in the
attack. The Union had several missed chances to extend their lead within a few
minute span, beginning with a header from Sheanon Williams off of Fred’s service
that skied over the bar in the 56th minute. On two other occasions Le Toux broke free
along the left flank, but both crosses into the middle failed to connect with anyone on the receiving end.
The Union’s pressure was eventually too
much for Chivas to handle in the second half, with Le Toux converting a free
kick to give the Union a 3-0 lead that was set up by a yellow card awarded to Michael Umana. The
Frenchman’s low blast deflected off the wall and trickled past Thornton, who
was diving to his right. The goal put Le Toux back atop MLS for combined goals
and assists, with his total of 22 currently bettering Landon Donovan by one.
The win extends Philadelphia unbeaten
streak at PPL Park to five matches in league play, and six in all competitions.
The club will return to action this Wednesday in Colorado, before returning home to face the Houston Dynamo next Saturday.
PHI - Alejandro Moreno 2 (Justin Mapp
PHI – Fred 3 (Alejandro Moreno 6) 48+
PHI – Sebastien Le Toux 12 (Unassisted)
Chivas USA -- Zach Thornton, Mariano Trujillo, Michael Umana, Dario Delgado (Yamith Cuesta 46), Ante Jazic, Michael Lahoud, Paulo Nagamura, Sal Zizzo (Jesus Padilla 54), Rodolfo Espinoza (Jonathan Bornstein 49), Justin Braun, Alan Gordon.
TOTAL SHOTS: 7; SHOTS ON GOAL: 2; FOULS: 12; OFFSIDES: 7; CORNER KICKS: 1; SAVES: 2
Philadelphia Union -- Brad Knighton, Sheanon Williams, Danny Califf, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Jordan Harvey, Sebastien Le Toux, Stefani Miglioranzi, Fred (Amobi Okugo 74), Justin Mapp (Roger Torres 76), Danny Mwanga (Andrew Jacobson 46), Alejandro Moreno.
TOTAL SHOTS: 6; SHOTS ON GOAL: 5; FOULS: 18; OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 1; SAVES: 2
PHI -- Justin Mapp (caution; Reckless Foul) 44
CHV -- Mariano Trujillo (caution; Reckless Tackle) 47+
PHI -- Fred (caution; Shirt Removal) 48+
CHV -- Michael Umana (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 67
CHV -- Paulo Nagamura (caution; Reckless Tackle) 85
Referee: Mark Geiger
Referee's Assistants: Hector Vergara; Steven Taylor
4th Official: Lee Suckle
Time of Game: 1:50