The Union’s ‘Young Guns’ Sink The City Islanders With A 5-2 Win; Advance To U.S. Open Cup Semifinals
Chester, PA – The Philadelphia Union’s offense took only 6 minutes to find the back of the net in the team’s trilling 5-2 victory over the Harrisburg City Islanders. These quick starts lately have the team and fans believing that anything is possible. Even though Harrisburg play in the USL PRO they weren’t taken lightly by Hackworth’s bunch. The City Islanders had recently knocked New York and New England out of Cup play.
Freddy Adu found the back of the net on a penalty kick goal in the 6th minute after Harrisburg’s Stephen Basso handled Lionard Pajoy’s cross in the box. Also Basso was hurt during play and Harrisburg was force to make an early sub. Replacing him in the match was Tom Brandt, a supplemental pick-up for the Union this season.
The Union didn’t need long to double the lead and make it 2-0 when Jack McInerney jumped on a poor played ball by Harrisburg’s Dustin Bixler in the 9th minute. McInerney added to his goal total of three in the past two games (MLS & U.S. Open Cup) and all three coming in the 1st half.
Harrisburg tried to settle in but the Union cashed in with another goal in the 29th minute as Pajoy put home cross from Gabriel Farfan. The Union looked in total control at this moment and the only that might save Harrisburg was to getting the to half and regrouping.
When the 2nd half resumed the City Islanders looked like a new team and started putting some passes to together. They began to control play of the game. This spark lead to a Brian Ombiji goal in the 52nd minute. The goal brought life to Harrisburg. They quickly capitalized on a Philadelphia turn over and Morgan Langley scored a goal just 2 minutes later off a Yann Ekra pass.
Suddenly the City Islanders found themselves right back in the match trailing by a goal with 36 minutes left to play. Morgan Langley’s goal seemed to spark his team and his fan section, as he played is college ball at local Swarthmore which sits only a few miles from PPL Park. Langley also was with the Union late in the 2011 season and made is MLS debut in Sept. 17, 2011 against the Columbus Crew in 1-0. Speaking with Langley he said his legs tightened up around the 70th minute and slowed him some.
In the 68 minute super-sub Antonie Hoppenot drew a PK in the box. This is back-to-back matches that Hoppenot was fouled in the box after beating a defender. Hoppenot scored the game winner for Philadelphia their last U.S. Open Cup game verses DC United. Again Pajoy stepped up to take the PK and the crowd was on its feet, as Pajoy put it home the 69th minute. The moved Philadelphia up front with 4 -2 lead and team never looked back. The goal seemed to deflate the City Islanders come-back and the Union controlled the rest of the match.
The Union put the game on ice in the 81st minute with a breakway goal when sub Gabriel Gomez chipped the ball just over reach of City Islanders keeper Nick Noble. It was Gomez’s first game back after being hurt in the May 19 game against FC Dallas.
The goal 5th goal of the night makes it 10 goals for the Union in three U.S. Open Cup matches, if the Union have found way to score this is the time to peak heading into the semifinals.
The Union advance to the Semifinals of the U.S. Cup where they will host Sporting KC at PPL Park on July 11 at 7:30 PM ET. Philadelphia is two wins from lifting the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup trophy. Also it is first Pennsylvania team to reach the semifinals since the United German Hungarians in 1993.
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