The Union’s Winless Streak Extends To Eight Games
Chester, Pa- The Philadelphia Union were dropped 1-0 by I-95 rivals DC United. The Union continue to struggle up front. Philadelphia controlled nearly 60% of the possession but just couldn’t find the back of the net. Being shut out and/or losing one goal games in which they dominate seems to be a recurring theme in 2012. John Hackworth hasn’t thrown in the towel, he is trying to mix up his line-up, but the end results seem to be the same. Tonight Hack started his two spark-plug strikers Antonie Hoppenot and Jack McInerney hoping this would end the scoring drought for Union strikers. Coming into the match a Philadelphia forward has not scored a goal since July 29th, a game in which McInerney scored. Ironically it was also the last time the Union won.
The lone goal in the game came from a wide open Lionard Pajoy in the 67th minute. Pajoy collected a cross from Maicon Santos at the penalty spot, trapped the ball and slammed it into the back of net. Pajoy was traded from the Union to DC United a month ago for midfielder Danny Cruz, it always seems in the world of sports that an unwanted player gets the last laugh against his former team. The unwanted forward in Philly has tasted some glory in DC’s system. The win is huge for DC as they are fighting for a playoff spot, and it looks a lot brighter for them now since Sporting KC beat New York last night 2-0. Speaking with DC keeper Bill Hamid tonight he said that Philly really brought it hard to him but he was able to stay sharp and make the key saves when needed. The Union put 4 close shots on goal and one from long range and Hamid covered them all. Hamid has been tipped by some as the future keeper for the US National team.
The only bright side for the Philadelphia Union is the quick turn around as they host the Houston Dynamo this Sunday at 4 PM at PPL Park. Speaking with several Union players after the match they agreed when you have a bad match it is key to get some training in and get right back on the field. This is also the time of the year that you have guys fighting for jobs so look for the Union to mix it up on Sunday. A player to watch is Danny Cruz as he was traded from Houston to DC in the off-season. He said he is really looking forward to this match and can’t wait to play Sunday.
Philadelphia Union v. DC United – Highlights
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