The Philadelphia Union pulled out a winner Sunday night as the Huston Dynamo came to Chester.
The game started out sloppy for The Boys in Blue as they were unable to connect on many passes. Dynamo appeared to have come out to contain Philadelphia and force them from playing balls out of their back line. This caused a few ugly giveaways and started counter attacks that Houston tried their best to take full advantage of.
Jim Curtin rolled out the same starting line up that Philadelphia fans saw last week against DC United. Philadelphia won convincingly last weekend against DC United so the same line up was expected.
The Union scored the first goal in the night by Kacper Przybylko, who took a strong shot that went right through the legs of Dynamo goal keeper Joe Willis in the 18th minute.
The Union were able to hold onto this lead for only a little while and were unable to find the second goal in the first half of play. Philadelphia let Houston stay in the game and Dynamo would score the equalizer in the 42nd minute by Christian Ramirez.
With little life coming from the midfield, Curtin believed his team was not playing well in the first half and subbed Jamiro Monteiro on to the pitch in the 54th minute for Warren Creavalle.
Monteiro instantly made a difference in the game by becoming an easy target for passes and winning back the ball from Houston. Jamiro looks to be 90 minutes ready and the Union are going to need him for the final push of the season.
The Union were able to win the possession percentage during the game at 53.7 percent but the Dynamo won with shots taken with 11 to The Unions 9.
In the 78th minute, Jack Elliot was about to score the go ahead goal for Philadelphia by finishing off a header in front of the net. No assists were recorded but the play started with a ball sent into the box by Monteiro, that ball deflected off a Dynamo defender and gave Jack the opportunity to finish off the goal.
The Union took all 3 points toward the playoff race and remained in first place of the Eastern Conference. Atlanta United is in second place, with 42 points in the playoff race with the Union having 45. Atlanta also is one game behind the Union making the August 31st game against Atlanta in Chester even more exciting.
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