Union’s Slow Start & Late PK Goal Against Are Too Much To Overcome In Houston
Houston, TX – The John Hackworth era began on the road the same way it started at home with a one goal loss for Philadelphia. The Union were dropped 2-1 to the Houston Dynamo on a late controversial PK goal. Brian Ching took the kick in the 83rd minute and put ball right under the crossbar inside the near post. Ching drew the penalty after being fouled softly in the box by Gabriel Farfan in the 81st minute.
This goal erased the Union’s hard work and control in the 2nd half. Philly set the tone in early after the break with a Keon Daniel blast from 26 yards out that found the back of the net. The goal was set up by a Brian Carroll pass in the 46th minute from center field. The Union’s pressure keep the Dynamo back-line on their toes as Leo Pajoy found himself with several chances on goal. The Union added to the attack by bringing on rookie super sub forward Antoine Hoppenot in the 64th minute replacing Jorge Perlaza. Hoppenot took only 8 minutes to almost bring home some magic, as he flicked a G. Farfan cross just over the goal.
The slow start for the Union can not be over looked as Houston nearly controlled most of the play and Philly struggled to get any offense going up front. The Union were lucky have only given up a lone Brad Davis goal in the 20th minute. Davis’ score came from a passby Macoumba Kandji and was put in from 14 yards out to the far post.
The Union performance overall felt like the DC United home match. They (Union) had numerous chances and controlled large parts of the game but couldn’t find the back of the net. The team was missing spark-plug forward Jack McInerey due to food poisoning. His impact was the difference in the past two Union matches (which were both wins) as he scored goals in the first half of each game.
Philadelphia Union v. Houston Dynamo – Highlights
Game Notes: Houston’s win added to the 15 game unbeaten streak at home.
The Union will travel straight to LA to take on the defending MLS champions Galaxy in a July 4th match up.
LA traveled to San Jose in the MLS Game of the Week Saturday Night.
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