CHESTER, Pa. — On the back of Sebastien Le Toux’s 12th goal of the year, the Philadelphia Union were able to put in their most convincing match of the season, beating Chivas USA 3-0 at PPL Park on Saturday.
Alejandro Moreno and Fred tallied two goals in the first half as Philadelphia earned their 7th win of the season and their 2nd shutout. The Goats, meanwhile, fell for the 5th time in their last eight league matches.
The Union took the match to the Goats early on with Justin Mapp and Moreno leading the way. In the 26th minute, the duo linked up to open the scoring as Moreno nodded home a curled corner kick from Mapp at the far post. The goal was just Moreno’s second tally of the year.
Philadelphia then doubled their lead with one of the last kicks of the half. Moreno again was involved, knocking a Le Toux free kick on goal and forcing Chivas USA ’keeper Zach Thornton into a great stop. However, the veteran shot-stopper could only parry the ball to the front of the net, where Union midfielder Fred was lingering. It was an easy tap in.
The goal right before halftime threw Chivas even further off their game, and their only decent chance came when Jesus Padilla got an open look in front of goal from a deep cross. But the former Chivas de Guadalajara player disappointingly muffed his shot wide of the post.
The Union finally sealed the scoring in the 69th minute, when after a slight altercation between Chivas defender Michael Umaña and Le Toux, Philadelphia won a free kick just outside of the Chivas area. Le Toux’s shot split the wall, deflected slightly, and rolled over the line. The goal gave the Union their first three-goal lead of the season.
The Frenchman Le Toux almost added a second in the 72nd minute, but his long range effort was parried away by Thornton. It was one of only a few highlights in a poor performance by the visitors, who had entered the game feeling confident of getting a result.
Instead, Chivas return to Southern California firmly in last place in the West, with the SuperClasico against archrivals Los Angeles on tap for next weekend. Philadelphia, who have now gone 3-1-1 in their last five, next face a midweek match away to the high-flying Colorado Rapids.