PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (April 10, 2010) – On a historic night for soccer in the Philadelphia region, Union fans were treated to the first victory in club history in a dramatic affair at Lincoln Financial Field. Sebastien Le Toux had a hat trick, the first three goals in team history, including the game-winning strike on a free kick in the 80th minute.
"I was very lucky tonight," Le Toux said. "I scored three goals. I missed some, too, but all my teammates did a great job, and I just finished my chances."
The Union’s first chance of the night resulted in the first goal in club history and sent the hometown fans into a frenzy. After Alejandro Moreno was taken down hard outside of the box, Roger Torres’ free kick was deflected to the left of the net by GK Troy Perkins. Moreno ran onto the loose ball and found Torres, who crossed it from the right flank to a darting Le Toux. The Frenchman confidently headed it in from six yards out, beating Perkins to the lower left corner of the net.
After another hard foul on Le Toux in the 12th minute, Torres once again sent a dangerous cross in off a free kick that took an unlucky bounce off defender Danny Califf before D.C. cleared.
Philadelphia Union controlled the run of play decidedly in the first 20 minutes before the possession evened out for a while. However, it was the Union who struck next.
Moreno sent a dazzling, world-class pass from the left touchline on Union’s side of the field all the way to a streaking Le Toux, who ran onto the ball with a defender on his back. In on Perkins, Le Toux fired low and hard, slotting the ball into the lower left hand corner of the net for a 2-0 lead. The second goal in club history sparked another outburst of elation from the Union faithful, who witnessed a furious attack in the first 45 minutes.
The pace early in the 2nd half was just as furious, with Union narrowly missing a third goal on two occasions. First, a corner from Torres was nearly headed home by a number of waiting Union players, but Perkins got his fingertips on the ball and deflected it away.
Then, just moments later, Le Toux ran onto a through ball that put him all alone on net once again, but Perkins came off his line and deflected Le Toux’s attempt.
D.C. best chance of the first 60 minutes came on a free kick after recent acquisition was handed a yellow card by the referee. However, the free kick by Chris Pontius was skied way over the net.
But D.C. quickly followed that effort with another, this time resulting in a goal from midfielder Santino Quaranta. Quaranta penetrated up the middle of the field and unleashed a vicious strike that found its way past a diving Seitz.
The intensity escalated noticeably after the goal, and D.C. nearly struck again off a free kick from a couple yards off the endline, but Seitz was up to the task as he stopped a header from just a few yards out.
But the lead didn’t last long. Seitz made a crucial error with pressure being applied by Jaime Moreno, dropping the ball outside of the box while attempting to punt. Moreno collected the loose ball and calmly passed the ball into the back of the net to tie the score at two goals apiece.
The Union fired right back in the 80th minute after Alejandro Moreno was taken down by Dejan Jakovic, resulting in a red card and a free kick from 22 yards out. Le Toux stepped up and hammered a scorching shot past Perkins for a 3-2 Union lead, the strike gave Le Toux a hat trick on the night.
As the final whistle blew, an incredible scene unfolded with nearly 35,000 Union fans exploding in unison with post-game fireworks. It was truly a historic night, one that will forever go down as one of the great matches in Union history.
PHI – Sebastien Le Toux 1 (Roger Torres 1, Alejandro Moreno 1) 4’
PHI – Sebastien Le Toux 2 (Alejandro Moreno 2) 40’
DC – Santino Quaranta 1 (Unassisted) 63’
DC – Jaime Moreno 1 (Unassisted) 68’
PHI – Sebastien Le Toux 3 (Unassisted) 80’
Philadelphia Union (1-1-0) -- Chris Seitz; Jordan Harvey, Danny Califf, Michael Orozco, Cristian Arrieta; Fred, Stefani Miglioranzi, Andrew Jacobson (Jack McInerney 79), Roger Torres (Shea Salinas 68); Alejandro Moreno (Nick Zimmerman 89), Sebastien Le Toux
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Shavar Thomas, Danny Mwanga, Amobi Okugo
TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (Sebastien Le Toux 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Sebastien Le Toux 4, Roger Torres 2); FOULS: 13 (Fred 2, Andrew Jacobson 2, Stefani Miglioranzi 2, Roger Torres 2); OFFSIDES: 2 (Fred 1, Sebastien Le Toux 1); CORNER KICKS: 2 (Roger Torres 1, Sebastien Le Toux 1); SAVES: 4 (Chris Seitz 4)
D.C. United (0-3-0) –- Troy Perkins; Rodney Wallace, Dejan Jakovic, Juan Manuel Pena (Julius James 15), Carey Talley; Cristian Castillo (Jaime Moreno 46), Kurt Morsink, Santino Quaranta, Brandon Barklage; Chris Pontius, Danny Allsopp (Adam Cristman 82)
Substitutes Not Used: Bill Hamid, Thabiso Khumalo, Devon McTavish, Tiyi Shiplene
TOTAL SHOTS: 8 (Chris Pontius 2, Danny Allsopp 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Danny Allsopp 2); FOULS: 10 (Santino Quaranta 3); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 3 (Santino Quaranta 2); SAVES: 3 (Troy Perkins 3)
DC – Rodney Wallace (caution; Reckless foul) 1
DC – Brandon Barklage (caution; Reckless tackle) 1
PHI – Cristian Arrieta (caution; Tactical foul) 1
DC – Danny Allsopp (caution; Reckless tackle) 1
DC – Santino Quaranta (caution; Tactical Foul) 1
DC – Dejan Jakovic (ejection; Denied goal scoring opportunity (foul))
DC – Adam Cristman (caution; Unsporting behavior)
Referee: Terry Vaughn
Referee's Assistants: Chris Strickland, Jason Cullum
4th Official: Hilario Grajeda
Time of Game: 1:51
Weather: Sunny and 63 degrees