BOYDS, Md. – The Philadelphia Union continued their winning ways in the US Open Cup by beating DC United 2-1. Last week the Union won their first ever US Open Cup game, and Tuesday they picked up their first road win. These wins may not seem big but they are a huge moral boost to the team and the fans that made the trek down I-95 to cheer on the boys in blue.
The scoring in the match was opened up in the 45th minute by Brian Carroll with a soft hit shot off his left foot that took a huge deflection past DC United keeper Bill Hamid to put Philly up 1-0. The Union’s lead only latest a few seconds as Josh Wolff volleyed in a ball that Nick DeLeon lightly headed to him to make it one all just before halftime.
The score line remained the same after another hard fought 45 minutes from each side. The game moved on to Extra Time just like last years match at the SoccerPlex in Maryland.
Extra Time opened up with a bang, from 80th minute sub Antoine Hoppenot. The speedy rookie Antoine Hoppenot scored just two minutes into Extra Time. Freddy Adu played a through pass that Emiliano Dudar failed to clear; Hoppenot capitalized on this error and put the Union up 2 -1. Moments later Hoppenot was inches away from putting the Union up 3-1 when his 20 yard shot hit upper-ninety cross bar. Hoppenot who has not seen much first team play this season had a chance to win it in regulation off a Michael Farfan cross that sailed wide in the 90th minute.
After the match Peter Nowak was asked about Hoppenot’s play and to address his close misses. “That’s why I have so many gray hairs. He was trying very hard, he stretched defenders and he got the speed that allowed him to get behind them and he got rewarded for it. It’s still a lot of work because at the end of the day you have to be able to sustain this physically, sustain the game. It’s not 30 or 45 minutes that you play and all of a sudden you start to fade away. I think it’s important for him to understand that; the game doesn’t end when you score a goal. You have to work both ways, you have to use your speed and he’s good at this. We gave him a chance and I think he deserved to score.”
Philadelphia advanced to the quarterfinals, where they’ll host the Harrisburg City Islanders (USL) at PPL Park on June 26. Harrisburg won earlier in the night by taking down New York Red Bulls 3 -1. Here are the other matches in the quarterfinals to be played on June 26.
Dayton Dutch Lions (USL) at Sporting Kansas City (MLS)
Charlotte Eagles (USL) at Chivas USA (MLS)
Seattle Sounders (MLS) at San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)
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