The Union hold on for the much needed 3-2 win over their I-95 rivals.
DOCKAL OPENS HIS ACCOUNT!
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.
#Doop! Borek Dockal smashes home his first MLS goal #PHIvDC https://t.co/0ILzN0xb4m— Major League Soccer (@MLS) April 28, 2018
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.
Snappin' header! @BigAfrika88 makes no mistake about it & @PhilaUnion are in front. #PHIvDC https://t.co/Y6Wnq25cDI— Major League Soccer (@MLS) April 28, 2018
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.
Here's that #DOOP, fam https://t.co/RoEQbc589Z— Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) April 28, 2018
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.
Goal @dcunited! @ZoltanStieber opens his 2018 account. #PHIvDC https://t.co/zLKGJO0Bti— Major League Soccer (@MLS) April 28, 2018
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
Clark; DeLeon, Brillant, Birnbaum, Mora; Durkin; Steiber, Acosta, Segura, Asad; Mullins
Your Starting XI in Philly #DCU pic.twitter.com/FGpdfJb79R— D.C. United (@dcunited) April 28, 2018
Blake; Gaddis, Trusty, Elliott, Rosenberry; Medunjanin, Bedoya; Accam, Dockal, Ilsinho; Sapong
Here's our starting XI for today's match vs. @dcunited, presented by @acmemarkets. #JoinOrDie pic.twitter.com/jbGSgnV2CL— Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) April 28, 2018
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.
Saturday, we're live on Twitter and @UniMas. Don't miss it. #JoinOrDiehttps://t.co/7zYqWR8KKd— Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) April 26, 2018