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.
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