Union Top 10: Kleberson's free kick wonder or MacMath's monster save? You decide.
We let the dust settle, looked at hours of tape – and are ready for YOU to decide the best on-field moment of the 2013 Philadelphia Union season.
Over 30 games, more than 40 goals and over 100 saves all factor into a club best 12 wins this season in MLS play. All of that footage was looked over by the video, marketing and digital staff to bring you our top 10 moments.
Now it’s your turn. Each Wednesday, we’ll present two moments and let you decide which one moves ever closer to being the best of the season. Cast your vote and leave any and all comments below on why one trumps the other.
We already know all of these are gems. Now tell us why one, in your opinion shines brighter than the other.
Once we get down to the “Final Five,” we’ll pair them all up side-by-side allowing you to cast one final vote to decide the definitive No. 1.
Lastly, as the Union head into the fifth season of play, we pause and take a look back. One lucky fan at the completion of our top 10 will receive a commemorative jersey from the inaugural season.
Because who doesn’t love a good throwback?
To kick off the festivities let’s check out our first two moments.
Kleberson free kick vs. Toronto (Oct. 5)
Six minutes. That’s all that remained in a game in which three points kept hope alive for a little longer that a playoff berth was a reality. Second half substitute Antoine Hoppenot who came on and terrorized Toronto was tripped up at the edge of the box.
Kleberson, world renowned for his set pieces stepped up to take the kick. His job was to break down a five-man wall and TFC goalkeeper Joe Bendik who had already made three big saves on the night.
What transpired is, well…
Quotable: “I feel like the Union fans needed this,” Kleberson said postgame. “I'm very happy that this moment came; I'm very, very happy. This goal is for the fans."
Zac MacMath’s monster save on Sporting Kansas City (Sept. 27)
Another game in which the Union desperately needed to pull points from and did in a thrilling 1-0 victory, except this time it was against a surging Kansas City team in an arena (Sporting Park) the Union had yet to pull points in. Sporting Kansas City and U.S. men’s national team midfielder Graham Zusi was tasked with making sure that scenario didn’t happen.
Zusi almost did at about the half hour mark of this one after he took a pass from teammate CJ Sapong at the top of the box, dribbled right, cut back to his left and unleashed a laser that had a one-way ticket near post, upper 90 stamped.
Except MacMath had other plans…
Quotable: Kansas City just bombed balls into the box,” MacMath said postgame. “The defense did really well just heading balls away and keeping everything clear…I will say that the first 30 minutes weren’t the way we planned them to go, but anytime you can get a goal in the first half, you give yourself a chance to win.”
Now it’s up to you to decide. Which one reigns supreme? Cast your vote now and discuss below.
Contact Union digital editor Kerith Gabriel at firstname.lastname@example.org