A four goal performance from Chandler Hoffman fueled a 6-0 Union thrashing of D.C. United in a reserve league match Tuesday at PPL Park. Hoffman got things going in the 15th minute; after he took a great ball played in by midfielder Roger Torres and slotted it past United goalkeeper Joe Willis.
“It felt good, it felt really good to get out there and get a chance to show the coaches what I can do,” said Hoffman. “Now, I am just hoping that it gets me to where I want to be [with the first team.]
D.C. United was led by forward Maicon Santos with three shots on goal. United brought a fairly light squad complete with five academy players. Stephen King, Ethan White and Mike Chabala made up the only well-known rostered players along with Santos.
“This is a reserve match and it’s great in matches like these for our younger guys to get an opportunity and to get some games under their belt,” Chabala said after the match. “But we can’t be getting down this much in games, especially letting up those goals like we did in the last minutes of the game.”
Those last minute goals were again courtesy of Hoffman, who punished Willis with a strong penalty kick in the 84th minute after Josue Martinez was taken down in the box. Hoffman would cap the affair in stoppage, the first four goal game for the rookie since “high school.”
“I consider myself a finisher and the running argument is that we need one on this team, so I hope I showed today that I do have the ability to do that,” Hoffman said. “It’s nice to have success in games like these in front of the coaches. I think the last time I scored four goals was in high school, so yeah, I am happy."
Jimmy McLaughlin also scored in the 61st minute and given space from about 25 yards out Martinez blasted a shot past Willis in the 80th minute, courtesy of an assist from McLaughlin. In goal, Chris Konopka was a force, needing to make only four saves. United’s Willis was credited for eight saves on 17 Union shots.
The Union played a pair of academy players in Kenny Lassiter, who subbed in for Torres in the 76th, and Chris Ramirez, who came on for homegrown stud Zach Pfeffer in the 79th. Both played solid in their minutes with Lassiter earning the assist on Hoffman's fourth goal.
The Union travel to D.C. for a rubber match with United this Friday at noon at D.C. United’s Training Field across from RFK Stadium. That match is scheduled for a noon start. The season finale for the Union reserves is Wednesday, Oct. 17 with a match against Toronto FC at Chester Park (10 a.m.).
Reserves: Philadelphia Union 6, D.C. United 0.
PHI – Chandler Hoffman (Roger Torres) 15
PHI – Chandler Hoffman (Zach Pfeffer) 56
PHI – Jimmy McLaughlin (Josué Martinez) 61
PHI – Josué Martinez (Jimmy McLaughlin) 80
PHI – Chandler Hoffman (penalty) 84
PHI – Chandler Hoffman (Kenny Lassiter) 90
PHI – Jimmy McLaughlin (Caution) 76
DC – Michael Chabala (Caution) 76
Philadelphia Union Reserves: Chris Konopka (c), Billy McConnell* (Lucky Mkosana#, 63), Lance Laing#, Porfirio Lopez, Greg Jordan, Zach Pfeffer (Kenny Lassiter*, 79), Jimmy McLaughlin, Roger Torres (Chris Ramirez*, 76), Cristhian Hernandez, Chandler Hoffman, Josué Martinez.
Subs not used: Chase Harrison,
D.C. United Reserves: Joe Willis, Ethan White (Raphael Augusto, 65), Lars Eckenrode**, Suliaman Dainkeh**, Cristhyan Najar**, Michael Chabala, Stephen King (c), Conor Shanosky, Kaiona Bailey**, Denis Najar**, Maicon Santos.
Subs not used: Andrew Dykstra.
*Philadelphia Union Academy player
** D.C. United Academy player
# Guest trialist