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 time.
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 5) 26’
PHI – Fred 3 (Alejandro Moreno 6) 48+
PHI – Sebastien Le Toux 12 (Unassisted) 69’
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