MLS Snapshot: Philadelphia Union 1-0 D.C. United (video)


The game in 100 words (or less): The D.C. United-Philadelphia Union “rivalry” wasn’t fun to watch for most of the night, but Ritchie Marquez changed that at the death as the Union won 1-0. Chances were far and few for both sides, although each team did manage to find dangerous attacks as the night wore on. Alvaro Saborio’s valiant effort up front for D.C. kept the Union defense on their toes, while C.J. Sapong and Tranquillo Barnetta gave Travis Worra worries in front of the D.C. net. With the Philadelphia win, the Union take hold of first-place in the Eastern Conference, while D.C. remains sixth in the East.

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Three four five moments that mattered

28′ — Barnetta hits woodwork — The creative midfielder whipped in a free kick from the left side of the pitch just before the half-hour mark. The effort went untouched as D.C. keeper Travis Worra was left stranded.

45′ — Nyarko gets foolish yellow card — The D.C. midfielder unnecessarily ran in front of goalkeeper Andre Blake and blatantly blocked his clearance, earning him a yellow card for his troubles.

51′ — Best chance of game falls to Le Toux — Fabinho delivered a cross that gave Worra difficulty, and the D.C. keeper pushed the ball right into the path of Sebastian Le Toux less than eight yards from goal. The Union attacker took a poor touch and threw away the home side’s best opportunity to score.

63′ — Blake makes huge save on Saborio’s bicycle kick  — Andre Blake didn’t have a ton of work to do on Friday, but this save proved the keeper’s worth. Alvaro Saborio’s acrobatic attempt on goal was the Union’s best chance to find the back of the net, but Blake’s quick reaction kept the ball out.

90’+1′ — Marquez delivers winner in stoppage time — One of the more unlikely sources for a goal, defender Richie Marquez came up huge for the Union with a volley goal. Le Toux made up for his poor miss earlier in the game by delivering the cross that led to the 23-year-old’s finish.

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Man of the match: Richie Marquez

Goalscorers: Richie Marquez (90’+1′)

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