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Game Thread: Philadelphia Union 4 vs D.C. United 1, Final

After a pair of early goals from Chester’s friendly ghost, the Union are in control of the match

Photo by Morgan Tencza

Game Updates

90+2’ - Final Whistle! Congrats to Andre Blake who earned his 50th win tonight.

90’ - We have two minutes of stoppage time in Chester.

88’ - Union sub De Vries replaces another Union home grown player Aaronson

87’ - Monteiro is joining the Yellow Card party.

85’ - Everyone exhale. United just missed an easy tap in on the back post.

82’ - Blake punches the ball wide... resets and DC sends the ball over the frame.

77’ - A rare stop by United this evening. That should have been a fifth one for the U.

71’ - Gressel sends it to the back post and pines goes down.

69’ - Ilsinho is now booked with a yellow card.

64’ - Gressel gets DC on the board. Union 4-1

Union Subs:
Andrew Wooten replaces Kacper Przybylko
Ilsinho comes on for Sergio Santos

61’ - The long pass... the short cross and the finish by Brenden Aaronson! Union Doop for the fourth time tonight.

58’ - The fresh legs of United’s Sorga misses the shot from the left side of the net.

57’ - Mbaizo earns a very week trip to the refs book for the team’s second yellow of the night.
United subs in Erik Sorga and takes out Ola Kamara

53’ - Union with numbers as Kacper plays it across to Santos... who nails it off the post. Union still up 3-0.

51’ - Play is back underway

49’ - Play is stopped and the Ref is calling for United’s training staff to come take a look at Julian Gressel

48’ - Ball is sent high and wide and ends in a goal kick for DC United.

47’ - Kacper looking for his third. But it goes out for a corner.

46’ - We are back underway.

Halftime Subs

United: Griffin Yow replaces Yamil AsadF

Union: Warren Creavalle replaces José MartínezM

Halftime Stats
Philadelphia Union
Shots: 11
On Target: 3
Blocked: 1
Possesion: 51.1%
Fouls: 7
Yellow Card: 1

DC United
Shots: 5
On Target: 3
Blocked: 4
Possesion: 49.9%
Fouls: 2
Yellow Card: 1

45+2 - Ref blows the whistle. Halftime begins at 8:26. Two words to sum up the first half... Marvelous start.

45+1’ - Aaronson looking like he is on a skate deck going with a 360 to try to get a shot on goal, but it is blocked.

45+1’ - We will have at least 2 minutes of stoppage time.

45’ - Chances... The last 8 or so minutes the Union have had a lot of chances to add tho their goal tally.

41’ - Perfect ball placed for Bedoya, who sends it into the side of the net.

39’ - Quality chance for DC to get a goal, as its a wide open shot from the top of the box... but it goes sailing over the crossbar into the river end.

36’ - Union earn a free kick, try to play it quick and someone is called for offsides. Still waiting to see an angle that shows who it was.

29’ - Aaronson with numbers and instead of attempting a shot, he gets cute by dribbling the ball from the left side of the penalty area to the center top. Which ends up being nothing for the Union.

26’ - Union continue to apply pressure to DC, who clears the ball for a Union throw-in. Kai Wagner is coming off the pitch and is subbed out. Matt Real is now on the pitch.

22’ - Play is stop as Wagner is on the ground. He is now up and walking off the pain on the sideline.

21’ - Add another Goal for the Philadelphia Union, Sergio Santos with plenty of space on the left side of the field sends it straight into the net. Union 3-0

19’ - Aaronson draws a foul and the ref adds Felipe to his book.

16’ - Kacper Przybylko gets the just outside of the box, sets it up with his left foot and drills his second goal of the night. Union 2-0.

13’- DC Shot off the corner becomes an easy save for Blake.

12’ - Looks like a misplay by Andre Blake on the save ends in a corner for DC.

10’ - Jose Martinez has entered the refs book with a Yellow Card. Well this isn’t good for the defense, as he should be starting to play a little softer now.

7’ - GOOOOOOAAAALLLLLLLL off of a SET Piece! Kacper gets it in from the backpost. Union 1-0

4’ - Union earn a corner kick. United defended the corner well and sent it outside the penalty area.

3’ - Santos sends the ball high above the crossbar. However, we are seeing the U attacking early. Something the past two matches they have not been doing.

1’- We have ourselves a soccer game. Kickoff happened at 7:38

Starting Lineups

Philadelphia Union:

D.C. United

Availability Report
Philadelphia Union

QUESTIONABLE: Aurelien Collin (D) - leg injury

D.C. United

OUT: Paul Arriola (M) - ACL injury
Edison Flores (M) - facial injury
Russell Canouse (M) - leg injury
Chris Odoi-Atsem (D) - undisclosed injury
QUESTIONABLE: Frédéric Brillant (D) - undisclosed injury

Series Matchup
Union: 9 wins, 20 goals
D.C. United: 3 wins, 10 goals
0 draws

Referee: Fotis Bazakos
Assistant Referees: C.J. Morgante, Adam Wienckowski
4th Official: Tori Penso
VAR: Alan Kelly

How to Watch

Where: Subaru Park– Chester, PA
When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday August 29
TV: PHL 17
Streaming: in market; ESPN+ out-of-market
Radio: Fox Sports The Gambler 1480 AM and 105.3 HD2
Audio Streaming: IHeart Radio App, Fox Sports The Gambler
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