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Game Thread: Philadelphia Union 3 D.C. United 2 final

It took as many as goals as they scored in their first six games to return to the win column on Saturday afternoon in Chester

MLS: D.C. United at Philadelphia Union Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The Union hold on for the much needed 3-2 win over their I-95 rivals.


Minutes after United tied the match, Borek Dockal opened his Philadelphia Union account with a roofed blast past Steve Clark to put the Union back up 3-2. After the goal, it was clear how much it meant to Dockal to finally net one as he exclaimed in relief.

D.C. level the game against the run of play

Darren Mattocks, who came into the match only minutes before, scored a wide open volley on the back post to put United even. Now, the Union, who have looked like the superior team on the day, find themselves with only 20 minutes to get a game-winner.

Union score x 2!!

Off a great cross by Alejandro Bedoya, the Union take the lead with a CJ Sapong header. The second half has been completely dominated by the Union as D.C. has looked lethargic so far. It goes without saying, but this would be a monumental three points for the team before going on the road next week.

Union Score!

Ilsinho, off a freak deflection off a DC United player, has broken the Union scoring drought in the 37th minute. The Brazilian has looked fairly good on the wing by overlapping with Keegan Rosenberry, who was also credited with an assist on the goal. It may not have been a pretty golazo, but, at this point, the Union need to score any way possible. Union now head into halftime tied at one.

Steiber puts United ahead

In the 8th mintue, Zoltan Steiber put United ahead off a mishit pass by Jack Elliott, which fell to the feet of a United player, who eventually found Steiber for the opening tally. Union came out well in the beginning with a good bit of intensity, but now will have to climb out of a hole. Certainly not the start they would have wanted.

Ilsinho to start; Elliott Returns

In an attempt to give the offense any sort of shot of the arm, the Brazilian midfielder will start this afternoon over Fafa Picault. On the back line, Jack Elliott returns from injury to start alongside Auston Trusty

Starting Lineups

D.C. United

Clark; DeLeon, Brillant, Birnbaum, Mora; Durkin; Steiber, Acosta, Segura, Asad; Mullins


Blake; Gaddis, Trusty, Elliott, Rosenberry; Medunjanin, Bedoya; Accam, Dockal, Ilsinho; Sapong

How to Watch

If you aren’t in Chester (we get it, many of us aren’t either) you can watch the game on Unimas or on Twitter.