Philadelphia Union created several chances throughout the course of the 90-minute match with D.C. United on Saturday evening in Tampa, Florida. The Union put constant pressure on DCU, which allowed their attack to send multiple shots toward the net. Philadelphia broke through late in the match after Adam Najem sent a lovely ball in the box that found Cory Burke who cashed in for the first goal of the night for the Union.
Captain Leads Offensively
Alejandro Bedoya proved to be a solid presence for the Union while he was on the pitch. The Captain was able to control possession throughout the first 60 plus minutes of play. Bedoya moved the ball up the field and allowed his outside attackers to get deep into DCU territory. Head Coach Jim Curtin praised his captain after the match for his poise and offensive awareness on Saturday night.
Homegrowns Stepping Up
Four Philadelphia Union Homegrowns earned minutes on Saturday evening. Auston Trusty and Anthony Fontana both got the nod from the Union technical staff and were slotted in the club's Starting XI. Both Trusty and Fontana played over 60 minutes against DCU. Also making appearances were Derrick Jones and Matt Real. For Real, this was the first time this preseason he saw competitive minutes. Real had been sidelined prior to tonight with an ankle injury. Real came off the bench in the second half for Fabinho and closed out the contest at left back.