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Poetry Corner Kicks: Union 1 - United 0

Do I need a rhyming rival (brought to you by Heineken)?

Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

A quick rhyming recap as we look forward to many games coming up in quick succession…

The Philadelphia Union are in sole possession of first place in the East. With three more games coming in the next eight days, it was important for the Union to get these three points. Much has been made in comments sections around the interwebs this past week about whether Philadelphia Union v. D.C. United is actually a rivalry. Jim Curtin pointed out that if you have to ask if it is, then it isn’t. In the end, it doesn’t really matter. The games have been fun, fairly evenly matched over the years, with chippiness on the field and good vibes off the field in equal measures. I will always enjoy beating DC United, but it is a different sort of satisfaction than, say, beating a certain cow-themed MLS team. Let’s take a look at how the Union pulled victory from the jaws of tie-dom on Friday…

This was the first of many matches in a quick succession
For Philly fans it was a chance to make a good impression
The theme tonight was saving shots to blank United’s session
Blake would make some mighty saves, a god in his profession
With shots that missed the mark it seemed our O was in regression
But thankfully the Union’s D would make no large concessions
In fifty-one Le Toux had net - there never was a question
But as he missed he fell to ground in clinical depression
Saborio would mount the bike and blast with all aggression
But Blake was there to knock it wide, he made his intercession
Finally in stoppage time the Union gained possession
Marquez scored, the match was won, which was the U’s intention