BOX SCORE: Philadelphia Union 2, Sporting Kansas City 0
Jay Simpson’s second half brace leads Union to second consecutive win over Western Conference contender;
Philadelphia now 11 points clear of the playoff line with four matches remaining
Philadelphia Union 2 – Sporting Kansas City 0
Talen Energy Stadium (Chester, PA)
Sunday, September 23, 2018
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TODAY’S MATCH INFO:
Venue: Talen Energy Stadium (Chester, PA)
Referee: Mark Geiger
Assistants: Gianni Facchini, Logan Brown
Fourth Official: Chris Penso
VAR: John Freemon
Weather: 61 degrees and raining
PHI – Jay Simpson (Alejandro Bedoya, Auston Trusty) 71’
PHI – Jay Simpson (Alejandro Bedoya, Fafa Picault) 89’
SKC – Roger Espinoza (caution) 65’
PHI – David Accam (caution) 66’
PHI – Olivier Mbaizo (caution) 75’
Philadelphia Union: John McCarthy; Olivier Mbaizo (Keegan Rosenberry 85’), Mark McKenzie, Auston Trusty, Fabinho; Warren Creavalle, Derrick Jones, Fabian Herbers (Fafa Picault 64’), Borek Dočkal (Alejandro Bedoya 55’), David Accam; Jay Simpson
Substitutes not used: Jake McGuire; Richie Marquez, Haris Medunjanin, Cory Burke
Sporting Kansas City: Tim Melia; Graham Zusi, Ike Opara, Matt Besler, Seth Sinovic; Roger Espinoza (Gianluca Busio 85’), Ilie Sanchez, Felipe Gutierrez; Johnny Russell (Yohan Croizet 72’), Krisztián Németh, Gerso Fernandes (Dániel Sallói 80’)
Substitutes not used: Eric Dick; Andreu Fontàs, Jaylin Lindsey, Wan Kuzain
- Jay Simpson made his first start of the season, scoring both goals in the Union’s victory … it was Simpson’s first multi-goal game for Philadelphia.
- John McCarthy’s six saves tied his second-highest total in his career…McCarthy’s previous six save effort was against Sporting Kansas City on July 6, 2017 in a 1-1 tie…This was McCarthy’s fourth clean sheet in his MLS career.
- Alejandro Bedoya’s two assists today saw him set a career-high for assists in a season (6)… Bedoya also had his first career assist in a substitute appearance…the U.S. international recorded his first MLS multi-assist game in this afternoon’s 2-0 victory…the Union are 5-0-0 when Bedoya provides an assist this season.
- On Jay Simpson’s first goal, Auston Trusty provided his first career MLS assist.
- Olivier Mbaizo made his MLS debut for the Union today and tied for the team led in clearances (five) and tackles (two).
- Derrick Jones led the team with eight possessions gained and the Union improved to a 7-3-1 record when he appears in a match.
- The Union are now 12-0-0 when leading after the 75th minute and 12-2-0 when scoring the first goal of the game…Philadelphia has tied their second-highest point total in a season (46) with four games still to play… After today’s win, the Union are 4-2-2 against Sporting Kansas City at Talen Energy Stadium.
- Philadelphia is now six points clear of sixth place in the Eastern Conference and eleven points ahead of seventh place…In their last eight matches the Union hold a record of 6-1-1 with a total of 19 points…19 points is tied for the second-most in MLS during this eight-game stretch.
- The Union next play on Wednesday, September 26 when they take on the Houston Dynamo in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final at BBVA Compass Stadium (8:00 p.m. ET/ESPN2).