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Young Guns: Philadelphia Union 2-1 Sporting Kansas City

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In a season where they will not make the playoffs, the Union went undefeated against Sporting Kansas City.

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In a game that essentially meant nothing, the Philadelphia walked away from PPL Park tonight with an unimportant 2-1 win. Quick bullet points on a game that will surely soon be forgotten.

  • The main talking point entering the game would be who Jim Curtin played and save for the striker position, he went with the usual first choice line-up. Brian Brown got the start up top while Conor Casey was not even on the bench. That said, Jim Curtin did let Jimmy McLaughlin make his first Union appearance since 2012 in the final minutes, bringing him in for Cristian Maidana. It was a nice touch, if not wholly practical, and the Union faithful greeted him warmly with chants of "JIMMY!"
  • Zac MacMath once again got the start in goal for the second straight game as Rais M'Bolhi is on extended international duty with his wife expecting a baby overseas. May the young M'Bolhi perform better clearances than Daddy in whatever his future profession may be.
  • Brian Carroll made a second half appearance in what could possibly be his last appearance at PPL Park as a member of the Philadelphia Union. Carroll has had his ups and downs in his years at PPL Park, but over the past four years he has been a steady presence in a sea of change. He overstayed his welcome and probably should have had his captain armband given to Amobi Okugo on a more permanent basis, but if this was his last appearance in PPL, but I can't blame him for taking advantage of all the opportunities given to him.
  • Brian Brown and Pedro Ribeiro each scored their second goal in MLS play today. Brown's goal came on a fine bit of team play between Cristian Maidana, Vincent Nogueira, and Brian Brown. Brown shot home Maidana's cross into the box, but the build-up to it was well-worked by all three individuals.
  • Pedro Ribeiro's goal came off a Seth Sinovic turnover leading to Maidana picking up his second primary assist of the game as he set a pass perfectly to an unmarked Ribeiro who had too easy of a time slotting it past Eric Kronberg.
  • MacMath's penalty kick exploits have been well documented throughout this season and thanks to his own doing he got to test himself once again. Zac had fouled Soony Saad in the box, the referee rightfully pointed to the spot, and Dom Dwyer sent Zac the wrong way. Zac is almost certainly wishing for the return of his PK hot streak to start the season.
  • One more game left this season and it is next Sunday at Columbus Crew, who are probably the last team anyone associated with the Union want to play right now. Too soon, MLS Schedule makers. Too soon.
  • Of the Union's 42 points this season, seven of them came against Sporting Kansas City, a team that's spent the majority of the season near the top of the Eastern Conference. How bizarre.