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Rate the U: Philadelphia Union retake lead in conference with 3-1 win over Atlanta United

Weigh in on the individual performances from Saturday’s victory

MLS: Atlanta United FC at Philadelphia Union Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Kacper Przybylko had himself another game, Brenden Aaronson scored in his second straight match and Sergio Santos made the most of his first appearance since July in another productive second half for the Philadelphia Union in their 3-1 win over Atlanta United on Saturday.

Head coach Jim Curtin went with the 4-2-3-1 again, putting Kacper up top but with Ilsinho and Warren Creavalle both picking up knocks in training and captain Alejandro Bedoya suspended, he put Fafa Picault out wide and reinserted Marco Fabian into the starting XI at the 10. Mark McKenzie paired with Jack Elliott again in the back.

Before the second half magic was complete, Elliott and Andre Blake’s miscommunication in the box nearly made it 2-1 to the visitors but Josef Martinez was unable to find the back of the net on, hitting the post with the shot. Ray Gaddis had a serviceable evening at right back and Kai Wagner was strong on both sides of the ball.

Haris Medunjanin, meanwhile, put in the kind of performance the team needed with Bedoya out. He low key continues to be one of the team’s most valuable players this season and is now along with Elliott the only player on the team to play every minute.

Curtin’s subs and overall game plan was yet again just what the Union needed with Ilsinho and Santos contributing to the attack and Anthony Fontana coming in to help close the game out.

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