HIGHLIGHTS: Philadelphia Union 0-1 D.C. United


  • 00:33 - Kick off starts the game.
  • 00:46 - D.C. United losses the ball during a play started by Brandon McDonald that was supposed to play through Andy Najar. Josue Martinez starts the run of play for the Philadelphia Union, who move forward with the Costa Rican leading captain Carlos Valdes and Jack McInerney toward the United 18-yard box. Martinez feeds McInerney, who pushes it into DC's final third. The former first round SuperDraft pick tries to shoot from a quick angle, but has his attempt blocked and his follow-up blocked as well. McInerney finds Freddy Adu on the other side of the box and the lefty strides up to the ball and the MLS veteran let loose, with United goalkeeper Bill Hamid making a somewhat uncomfortable save, putting the ball over the crossbar.
  • 01:17 - Adu receives the ball over the center of the midfield in United's territory and pushes it with the tip of his foot behind an onrushing Gabriel Farfan. The left back collect the ball and passes it to Martinez, who turns away from the defender and gives it to Adu, who is now on the left side of the field close to the chalk. From a standstill position, Adu places a through ball into the box, beating a defender and Martinez runs directly onto it. Martinez goes toe-to-toe with Hamid, who wins the battle. Hamid is shaken up from the play, however.
  • 02:12 - From about 40-yards out Adu slips a nicely weighted lobbed through ball to Sheanon Williams at the top of the 18. Williams, who made the run out of the right back position, has his first touch fail him, but still manages to test Hamid and win a corner off of a low, endline cross.
  • 02:39 - Dwayne DeRosario runs down a loose ball that he won off of Williams' foot. Amobi Okugo won the ball back with a perfect slide tackle and got onto the ball, then passd it to Williams. The right back turned center back turned right back beat D.C.'s left back, Daniel Woolard. An Adu-esque throuh ball found substitute forward Antoine Hoppenot, who was offside. Adu would have had an easy goal if not.
  • 03:17 - Hoppenot and Adu play off of each other and eventually the ball is played forward down the left side. Adu runs onto the ball and puts an early cross into the box to Hoppenot, who rips a shot off of the near post.
  • 04:05 - A throw-in starts a run of play for D.C., as the ball is lobbed forward to DeRo, who then chests it down to Chris Pontius. The forward sees his run ended by a slide tackle from Valdes, but the Colombian center defender is cautioned for a foul on the play. Replays show that Valdes makes minimal contact with Pontius. Valdes clearly gets ball with his outstretched right foot and Pontius tries to avoid the tackle by leaving his feet, which puts him into the Union defender's leg.
  • 05:01 - United takes the ensuing free kick and confusion reigns as the Union raise their hands looking for a ruling from the refs on a foul or offside, but nothing comes of it, despite it sounding as though a whistle had gone off. Pontius finished a bouncing ball at the near post and D.C. went ahead 1-0. Even the broadcasters were confused as to what happened on the play. Comcast SportsNet went so far as to not change the scoreline graphics for a short period of time.
  • 05:54 - A cross from Hoppenot to Okugo almost results in an amazing finish by the midfielder turned center back. Okugo attempted a scissor kick, the kind that was converted by Zlatan Ibrahimovic two days ago in the 2012 European Championships. Unfortunately, Okugo was unable to put the ball in the back of the net, but his shot would have been a beauty if it did.
  • 06:27 - The referee whistles for the end of the game and John Hackworth walks over to Ben Olsen with a stern look on his face.
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