Philadelphia Union earned a 4-0 shutout victory over Eastern Conference rival D.C. United Saturday night in front of a crowd of 14,576 at RFK Stadium in the District of Columbia. With the victory, the Union are now unbeaten in their last four contests owning a record of 2-0-2, while outscoring their opponents 10-3 during this stretch.
The Union showed a physical presence in the first half against D.C. United. Philadelphia received two yellow cards within the first ten minutes of action. Fabinho was booked on a challenge in the fourth minute. Five minutes later Union Captain Alejandro Bedoya was also shown a yellow card.
The match remained scoreless until the 39th minute when Haris Medunjanin opened up his MLS account. After a classy build up in the D.C. United zone, the reigning MLS Player of the Week was able to find Chris Pontius, who then dropped off a pass for Medunjanin in the middle of the pitch. Medunjanin sent a rocket towards the net from outside the box that beat D.C. goalkeeper Bill Hamid to give Philadelphia the 1-0 lead after the first 45.
The complexion of the match changed drastically in the 55th minute, when D.C. United’s Luciano Acosta received a red card after a challenge on Philadelphia’s Ilsinho. Acosta was forced to leave the match, giving the Union a man advantage for the final 35 minutes.
Less than 10 minutes after the Acosta red card, the Union found the back of the net. Medunjanin added to his second assist of the night after his corner kick found the head of birthday boy Oguchi Onyewu. The 35 year old was able to beat Hamid and record his first MLS goal to give the Union a 2-0 advantage.
Philadelphia did not settle for a two goal advantage. Also opening up his MLS account was winger Fafa Picault. After Sapong won possession in the D.C. zone, it was Medunjanin who set up yet another goal. Picault received the pass and sent a shot from the 18 with his right foot and found the upper 90 to give Philadelphia the 3-0 lead. On the night, Medunjanin's two assists raised his team-leading total to five this season.
The Union found a way to add another to the scoreboard in the 88th minute to wrap up the match. Fabian Herbers sent a one-timer that snuck inside the post to secure the victory. The goal was set up by Union captain Alejandro Bedoya who sent Herbers a perfect pass. Herbers was able to one-time it and find the back of the net. The final whistle blew at RFK Stadium with the Union earning the 4-0 victory.
Philadelphia will be back in action twice this week when they return to Talen Energy Stadium. The Union will square off on Wednesday with top of the table contenders Houston Dynamo and wrap up the week by hosting Tim Howard and the Colorado Rapids.