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Game Thread: Philadelphia Union 1 vs Minnesota United FC 1, Final

Union open the 2022 season at home against the loons.

Carl Gulbish

Post Game

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Game Updates


90+7’ - Aaronson driving up the left side of the pitch and a foul is called on him. Instead of letting a kick restart the game he blows the whistle to end it.

90+7’ - Players in the box and a cross from the left side doesn’t find anyone. Blame it on the wind.

90+3’ - One of the biggest saves of the game for Blake comes in the final minutes of the match. Keeping it 1-1.

90+1 - There will be SEVEN minutes of stoppage time.

89’ - Play is stopped as the training staff comes on the field to treat a Minnesota player who is extremely close to the side of the pitch. After sometime the ref pushes them to the sideline.

85’ - Reynoso gives a nice warm hug to Aaronson and earns himself a yellow card from the ref.

84’ - Minnesota making another change here replacing Amarilla with Hunou.

82 - Paxten earns a corner kick and for the first time it isn’t played for the near post. A shot comes from the top of the box but it is deflected wide of the net for a goal kick.

80’ - Play is stopped after Kallman and Burke collide.

79’ - Lod earns a yellow card for his foul on Wagneer.

78’ - First switch for Minnesota here Hlongwane replaces Francapane.

77’ - Union free kick from the left edge of the 18th. The ball is sent curling in on the net but it is just hit a little too hard and goes out for a goal kick.

74’ - Santos and Aaronson are coming on to the pitch. They are replacing Carranza and Gazdag. Their first play of the game will be a free kick, The kick finds Santos’ head but it is wide of the net.

71’ - Union corner kick number 10 of the match and it was easily handled by Minnesota.

68’ - First sub of the season for the Union. McGlynn replaces Flach.

66’ - Corner is played shockingly towards the near post. It was cleared by Minnesota and leads to a counter attack that is defended.

65’ - Union attacking up the right side and then move the ball towards the left. A shot from Burke gets deflected and goes wide for a corner.

59’ - Martinez is down on the pitch and the training staff is out looking at him.

57’ - Gazdag gets behind the backline and rushing towards the net with the ball. However he has a terrible angle and tries a low cross to another player but no one is around to get on the end of the ball.

53’ - Free kick is sent from the right side to the top of the left side of the box and it is blocked by the Union.

51’ - Union earns a corner kick here and plays it short but it ultimately amounts to nothing. On the counter Martinez slides and catches the foot of United’s attacker and earns himself a yellow card.

50’ - Flach goes down inside the box, he claims there was contact but the ref says play on.

46’ - Second half gets underway at 2:12pm. No visible changes were made for either team.

Halftime stats

Philadelphia Union
Shots - 9
Shots on Goal - 3
Possession - 46.2%
Fouls - 7
Yellow Cards - 1

Minnesota United FC
Shots - 7
Shots on Goal - 3
Possession - 53.8%
Fouls - 8
Yellow Cards - 0


45+2’ - After a free kick for Minnesota the ref blows the whistle for halftime. Teams head to the locker room at 1:56pm.

45+1’ - We will have two minutes of stoppage time.

44’ -Free kick here for the Union. Wagner delivers it into the box but it is easily cleared out by the loons.

42’ - Minnesota has a free kick right outside the box. Blake directing traffic to setup the box. The kick from top left is sent in and hits the top left of the crossbar.

40’ - We have some pushing back and forth as Glesnes earns a yellow card.

35’ - Martinez sends a shot that is deflected and goes into the River End. Corner is sent once again near post and is cleared out. Second Chance ball is crossed in from Glesnes on the right side of the net and finds Burke’s head at the far post. Game is Tied.

31’ - Back to back corners sent in near post and cleared out of danger by Minnesota.

29’ - Fragapane almost capitalizing on another Union turnover but Blake catches the shot.

23’ - Mbaizo gets beaten and United plays the ball back to an unmarked Lod who converts to earn the game’s first goal. Minnesota United up 1-0.

21’ - Flach sends a low shot from the edge of the box, but it is easily scooped up by the keeper.

20’ - Wagner lines up for a corner from the near flag. Plays it near post again and goes out for another corner. Driven again near post and cleared out. Second chance ball is sent back in and bounces around until it gets cleared out.

18’ - Union attacking with numbers and earns a corner as the ball goes out of play. Ball is played near post but eventually the ball goes out of play from a Cory Burke volley.

17’ - Ball is cleared but has a good second chance opportunity. The ball is headed towards Blake, who gets a hand on it and it gets cleared.

16’ - Minnesota earns a corner kick after a shot inside the box reflects of a Union player and goes high of the net.

11’- Play resumes and we are getting a but chippy now with back to back fouls called on the Union

9’ - Union attacking up the left flank, the ball is played forward to a streaking Flach who looks like he gets elbowed in the face but play continues. Eventually it is stopped as Flach was on the ground.

7’ - Wagner sends a free kick into the penalty area but it gets cleared out. On the counter the team gets called for a foul.

2’ - United’s Luis Amarilla creates a good chance inside the 18. Switching the ball from the left foot to the right, he trips up Blake but the ball gets cleared out by the Union defenders.

1’ - The 2022 season is now underway. Union rocking the new dark blue kits and are attacking towards the river end. Game got underway at 1:08 PM.

Starting Lineups:

Philadelphia Union

Minnesota United FC


The following is a list of names from the league’s player availability report.

Philadelphia Union

  • OUT: None

Minnesota United FC

  • OUT: Patrick Weah (knee)
  • QUESTIONABLE: Abu Danladi (thigh)
  • QUESTIONABLE: Chase Gasper (head)
  • QUESTIONABLE: Jacori Hayes (thigh)
  • QUESTIONABLE: Romain Métanire (thigh)
  • QUESTIONABLE: Wil Trapp (hip)

How to Watch

Where: Subaru Park; Chester, PA
When: 1 p.m.; Saturday, February 26, 2022
Streaming: (Philly Market), MLS Live on ESPN+
Radio: Fox Sports The Gambler 1480 AM and 105.3 HD2
Audio Streaming: IHeart Radio App, Fox Sports The Gambler


Referee: Rubiel Vazquez
Lineman 1: Jose Da Silva
Lineman 2: Gjovalin Bori
Fourth official: Kevin Broadley
VAR: Jon Freemon
Assisted VAR: Eric Weisbrod