Late Goal Drama Swings In The Union’s Favor As They Win 2-1 Over The Montreal Impact
Chester, PA- Carlos Valdes showed the Philadelphia Union fans why he wears the captain’s arm-band as put home a game winner in dramatic fashion. The game winner came in stoppage time just moments after Montreal had tied the game at 1- 1. The goal was set up a long throw-in by defender Sheanon Williams who tossed a long ball to the chest of Carlos Valdes. Valdes played the ball down and slammed it into the back up the net. This sent all 18,544 fans home with what was an instant classic.
From a fan point of view it’s a match no one will soon forget and will be talked about for years to come. It marked the first time the two clubs ever met. From an entertainment prospect was full of drama on both sides but had a happy ending for Philly. Philadelphia’s Coach John Hack said after the match, “Fans certainly got their money’s worth tonight.” There might not have been the 3 goals for a free hair but with all the buzz after the game this team sure has many more goals coming.
The Union have won three MLS games in a row, a new franchise record and won 4 of 5 the last games. After the match the Union sit one point behind Montreal (but Philly has games in hand) and with a big run in July the team can crawl its way into a playoff hunt.
In the 82nd minute it looked like Leo Pajoy had scored the game winner. Pajoy knocked in a loose ball from a yard out after Antonie Hoppenot worked the end-line and his defected pass ended up right in front of Pajoy. Pajoy did rest by top-self the ball. But the win seemed to slip away in the 90th minute as a Montreal’s Patrice Bernier put a corner kick into the box and it defected off a group Union defenders and right past Zac MacMath into the back of the net. Coach Hackworth he said after the match the chatter from the bench behind him was, “We will win this” and they did putting Union up to 6-9-2 in the season after starting 2-8-2. Jack McInerney said it best to sum up the win, “Nobody gives up on this team.” The team is now 4-2-0 with Hackworth at the helm.
Philadelphia Union fans everywhere will remember they were when the Union beat the Montreal Impact 2-1. The game featurches three goals in the last 10 minute play.
Philadelphia Union v. Montral Impact – Highlights
Post game I interviewed Montreal Impact starting left back Jeb Brovsky about his work with Street Soccer Philly and work he is doing with soccer in India.
37′: Impact header from Felipe goes off the crossbar! 0-0.
42′: Josue Martinez played a perfect through ball to Keon Daniel’s feet, but Daniel’s first touch was about five yards too much.
55′: What.a.save. by Ricketts, who denies a diving header by Jack Mac
79′: G Farfan shot in saved deflected to Pajoy and blocked
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