Members of Philadelphia Union have had their share of success against D.C. United in their respective careers. As we inch closer to Saturday’s match against our Eastern Conference rival, we’ll take a look at a few guys who have experienced career firsts and excellent form against DCU.
The speedy winger wasted little time making a name for himself in the club’s rivalry with D.C. United. Fafa Picault has made two career starts against DCU, both of them coming last season in his first year with the Union. Picault scored his first career MLS goal on May 13, 2017 at RFK Stadium against DCU as Picault helped Philadelphia cruise to a 4-0 victory in our Nation’s Capital. The winger's scoring ability against D.C. didn’t stop there. On June 24, 2017, Picault scored again, this time a game-winner in a 1-0 victory at Talen Energy Stadium.
The Bosnian International gave D.C. United fits on May 13 of last season. Haris Medunjanin recorded his first career MLS goal on a sensational free-kick from distance at RFK Stadium. Medunjanin’s 39th minute goal was ultimately the game-winner in the 4-0 road throttling, but Medunjanin wasn’t done producing. The midfielder also dished out two assists in that match, marking the first time in his MLS career he recorded two or more assists in a match. It was also the first time in Medunjanin’s MLS career that he logged both a goal and an assist in a contest.
April Fool's Day in 2017, was a day Jack Elliott will always remember. In a road match against DCU, Elliott made his MLS debut as a halftime sub replacing an injured Richie Marquez. Elliott debut at center back and assisted the backline in keeping D.C. off the scoresheet for the final 45 minutes of play. Since that day, Elliott had made two starts against D.C. United and in 225 minutes of competition, DCU has yet to score on Philadelphia with Elliott on the backline.