Union "disappointed" after tough loss to Dynamo

Hackworth, MacMath, Daniel react to 2-1 defeat

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Despite dominating for large stretches, the Philadelphia Union fell 1-0 to D.C. United in interim manager John Hackworth’s debut on June 16.

What followed were impressive 4-0 wins over Sporting Kansas City and 5-2 over the Harrisburg City Islanders in the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

If that theme holds true again, the Union will bounce right back.

Philadelphia dominated for much of the second half but dropped a hard-luck 2-1 defeat to the Houston Dynamo Saturday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.  Dynamo substitute Brian Ching drew a controversial foul call in the box and converted a penalty kick in the 83rd minute.

That proved to be the difference.

Instead of leaving with at least one point, the Union vacated the pitch with a tough loss and a trip looming Wednesday night at the LA Galaxy -- The Home Depot Center (10:30 p.m., CSN).

“Once again, I think we’re disappointed,” Hackworth said. “We thought we at least deserved at least a point out of that. We didn’t particularly play our best, but we came out in the second half and got an equalizer and really should have put the game at least 2-1. We had two chances we have to put on frame. They’re sitters, really. They have to be finished. Those are the critical moments of the game. We didn’t finish either one of those chances.”

And the foul call on Ching?

“It was a tough call,” Hackworth said. “I need to go look at the replay a couple times to see if that really is a PK.”

Trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Union came out re-energized in the second half. They had numerous scoring chances and probably could have tallied three or four goals.

Instead, they had to endure a gut-wrenching loss.

“It was a tough game,” goalkeeper Zac MacMath said. “I thought we came out slower than we wanted to. They got a quick goal and in the second half we played the game we wanted to and got an early goal and maybe should have had two others. We were unfortunate to come out with a loss.”

One of the biggest bright spots was the play of Keon Daniel, who had equalized in the 46th minute. It was one of his strongest matches this season.

“We know Keon has that ability,” Hackworth said. “For him to get a goal like that is something we’ve been urging him to do.”

“For the past week, coach (Hackworth) has been asking me to shoot the ball more,” Daniel added. “They know I can do it, and I’m confident in myself and my ability to do that.”

The Union remained confident after the loss to D.C. United. The results showed with consecutive wins.

That would be a nice trend to see again against the Galaxy and Toronto FC on July 8 at PPL Park.