MLS Snapshot: Philadelphia Union 2-0 Houston Dynamo

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The game in 100 words (or less): Their chances are slim, but the Union stay alive in the playoff hunt after a 2-0 win at home over the Houston Dynamo. Tranquillo Barnetta put Philadelphia ahead early with the first goal of his MLS career, and despite Houston creating some chances, the Union doubled their lead in the second and then locked down all three points. It’s a tough defeat for Houston, who failed to capitalize on Portland’s loss earlier in the day. For Philadelphia, it’s still going to take quite a bit to make the postseason, but you never know.

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Three moments that mattered

3′ — Tranquillo Barnetta gets his first MLS goal — A seasoned veteran in the Bundesliga, Barnetta scored his first goal in MLS to give the Union an early lead. Sebastien Le Toux played Barnetta in the box, who took a great first touch around his defender before slotting home.

36′ — McCarthy makes big save for Philly — Houston nearly found an equalizer before the break, but John McCarthy made a quick reaction save to keep the Union ahead. David Horst’s header hit the post and came back across the goal, but the Philly keeper was able to paw it out before it crossed the line.

63′ — Sapong makes it 2-0 Union — Philadelphia capitalized on a temporary man advantage with Boniek Garcia on the sideline after receiving treatment for an injury, as Tranquillo Barnetta led Fabinho down the left wing. Fabinho then played a low cross in that found a sliding CJ Sapong for the goal.

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Man of the match: Tranquillo Barnetta

Goalscorers: Barnetta (3′), Sapong (63′)