Philadelphia Union set a club record for goals scored in a single match with seven in a breathtaking display against DC United.
Julian Carranza had a hat trick and both Alejandro Bedoya and Mikael Uhre added braces as Philly blew the doors off the visitors despite missing a penalty kick.
Bedoya opened the scoring in the ninth minute when he latched onto a long ball from Jose Martinez and lashed the ball into the far corner.
Carranza was next to tally with a stupendous bicycle kick after Jack Elliott got the first touch on Kai Wagner’s corner kick.
The Argentine striker touched in his second of the night after a quick move up the left found him in the center of the box to poke the ball home.
Bedoya then closed out an epic 36 minute stretch with his second of the game when he met Wagner’s corner from the right with a stretching header that tapped the ball into the far side netting.
DC thought they would make it to the half down only four but Daniel Gazdag and Mikael Uhre combined in extra time for a fifth as the big Danish striker stroked the ball into the far corner from the top of the box.
United’s halftime changes made little difference and Uhre’s final touch of the night was a laced goal from close range that gave Nathan Harriel’s powerful forward run down the right the finish it deserved.
Both Uhre and Gazdag departed, making way for Cory Burke and Paxten Aaronson, but the tenor of the match stayed the same.
Carranza missed a penalty kick in the 70th minute but finished the scoring in the 72nd minute with a calm finish from the top of the box on the right after Burke nodded a long cross into the Argentine’s path.
The Union were dominant for all 90 minutes, putting together a display to silence the doubters and put the league on notice that this is a team ready to compete for the top of the conference.
Philly is back in action on Wednesday night when they travel to Miami to face Inter Miami at 8:00p.m. ET on PHL17 and PhiladelphiaUnion.com