CHESTER, PA – The Philadelphia Union beat a tough road worn Rochester Rhinos team 3-0 at PPL Park. It was the first ever US Open Cup win for the Union and on the same token it’s the first time the Union hosted a US Open Cup match, a tournament that dates back to 1914.
The scoring came early for Philadelphia as Josué Martinez put home a deflection in the 5th minute off poor defense by Rochester. The 22-year-old Costa Rican saw valuable minutes Tuesday and turned a lot heads. After a one-hour delay for lightning the teams resumed play. In the 26th minute Martinez picked-up right where he left off by sending in a beautiful cross into the box that Freddy Adu headed in the back of net putting Philadelphia up 2-0.
The scoreline remained the same until halftime. The second half begin with a down poor of rain and sloppy play by the Rhinos. The Union couldn’t filly capitalize on the errors but put a lot pressure on the Rochester back line.
With a little less than 18 minutes to play in the match Michael Farfan was taken down in the box after some flashy dribbling. The ref awarded a pentaly-kick to the Union. Adu stepped up to take the kick and put the game on ice as his shot hit the back net with force. Philadelphia hung on to the shut-out and advanced to the 4th round of the US Open Cup where they will travel to Maryland to face DC United on June 5th.
Last season DC knocked the Union out US Open Cup play in a game that went to PKs. Also in that match Head Coach Peter Nowak and Carlos Valdez both received red cards and had to serve a one game suspensions Tuesday night. Coach John Hackworth ran the team in Nowak’s absence.
Game Notes: The Rochester Rhinos were last non-MLS team win the US Open Cup in 1999
Philadelphia Union at D.C. United will be Tuesday June 5th, 7:30pm, at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
Tickets for Tuesday’s fourth round match are available via the D.C. United front office at 202-587-5000. All tickets will be $15 each in advance, $20 each at the gate, and seating will be general admission.
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