Philadelphia Union eliminated from U.S. Open Cup after giving up one of the worst goals in franchise history

Philadelphia Union eliminated from U.S. Open Cup after giving up one of the worst goals in franchise history

The Philadelphia Union are no longer playing in the U.S. Open Cup (no, not that golf tournament going on in Merion right now; the 100-year-old knockout soccer tournament that takes place during the MLS season).

To see why the Philadelphia Union are no longer playing in the U.S. Open Cup, go to the 0:52 mark of the video above and watch the lowlight of one of the worst goals the team has ever given up.

It happened late in last night’s fourth-round U.S. Open Cup match against rival D.C. United. With the Union trying to wage a comeback (a little bit earlier, Jack McInerney did what he does and scored a goal to slice D.C.’s lead to 2-1), goalie Zac MacMath came way off his line to play a ball along the sideline. He then made a short pass to center back Jeff Parke, which D.C. United’s Dwayne De Rosario noticed was “a little spicy.” De Rosario, one of the best players in MLS history, then booked it from about 40 yards away, jumped on a terrible first touch from Parke and one-timed a shot from close to midfield into a net abandoned by MacMath.

Yes, it was essentially an empty-net goal … in soccer. And it not only gave De Rosario a well-deserved hat trick but also sealed a 3-1 win for D.C. United and a trip to the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals. The Union, meanwhile, will bow out of a historic tournament they place a lot of value in and miss out on a chance to hoist the fourth-year franchise's first-ever trophy.

You can also watch De Rosario’s other two goals in the video, which put the hosts up 2-0. And to get a sense of what Union manager John Hackworth thought about the loss, here’s what he told reporters when asked about the Union’s very slow start to the game.

“It’s unacceptable. I don’t understand it. I don’t get it. It’s unacceptable.”

So you're saying it’s not acceptable?

Dave Zeitlin covers the Union for, and The 700 Level.

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales


NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned


1. Good oral and written communication skills.
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Sixers suffer predictable letdown loss in Memphis, life still mostly beautiful

Sixers suffer predictable letdown loss in Memphis, life still mostly beautiful

You could see this one coming a mile away. As a fan, you always hope that your team is somehow immunized itself against the letdown loss, but even the Golden State Warriors get 'em a couple times a season, and these Philadelphia 76ers ain't the Warriors (yet). And so, after a 5-1 stretch against six teams all in the playoff hunt, the Sixers dropped a should've-been-easy one to the Memphis Grizzlies, thanks to sparkling performances from NBA luminaries Myke Henry, Andre Layton and Jerrell Martin.(And if you can't tell which of those three names I just made up, well, that's sort of the point.) 

The culprits? Well, throw a blind one at your Sixers dartboard: Sloppy turnovers, streaky shooting, foul-prone defense, lack of playmaking down the stretch, and of course, a big fat blown lead. (Only 15 points this time -- this Sixers team rolls out of bed and blows a 15-point lead at this point.) Amazingly, the L came despite a career performance from Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot -- 20 points on 6-8 shooting from deep -- and a combined seven triples from Robert Covington and Dario Saric, which would usually be a pretty solid recipe for Sixers success. 

But Joel Embiid (15 on 5-13 shooting) and Ben Simmons (six on 3-8 FG) were both kept in check, and in the fourth quarter, nobody could either hit a shot or make a clean pass, with more wild crosscourt dishes over the heads of our wing shooters than I can ever remember in one game. Most disturbingly, Jo missed three clutch free throws late, after being practically automatic from the line in clutch situations all year. And yet, somehow, the Sixers could've still won it -- down two with about ten seconds to go, they got a steal under their own basket. But Covington badly misread the time and score -- or just picked a terrible time for one hell of a heat check -- and dribbled out for a sprawling three attempt that was beyond off. Final score: Grizzlies 105, Sixers 101. 

Maybe it was an NFC Championship hangover. Maybe the Sixers wanted to drop one to a team battling with the Lakers in the tanking rankings. Or maybe the Sixers are a good NBA team that occasionally lays an egg against an undermanned, under-talented opponent, because that's a thing that happens in this league, and it hadn't happened yet to Philly in 2018. It sucks, and in this case it costs the Sixers two places in the East standings, but on the whole it's mostly unavoidable. 

Oh well. Chance for redemption Wednesday against Chicago. Even last January, during the invention of #SixersJanuary, the team still lost five games against their ten wins. 5-2 is still about the inverse of where I thought we'd be at this point in the month. Wash this one out with a couple hundred viewings of the Robinson pick six and the ATV going up the Rocky steps and we should all be fine.