Union rally for Open Cup win in Curtin's debut


Union rally for Open Cup win in Curtin's debut

CHESTER, Pa. -- It took two extra time sessions, but Andrew Wenger and the Union took down their USL Pro affiliate Harrisburg City Islanders, 3-1, in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday night at PPL Park.

Capitalizing on a turnover in the midfield, Sebastien Le Toux pushed the ball forward to Wenger in the box. The Lancaster native’s shot deflected off a defender and past Brian Sylvestre for the game-winner in the 110th minute.

Wenger added a second in the 117th minute to seal the victory for the Union.

The Union, 3-7-6 in their MLS season, advance to face the New York Cosmos on June 24 at PPL Park, in the fifth round of the tournament. Playing out of the NASL, the Cosmos are coming off a 3-0 win over the New York Red Bulls.

The situation was getting dire for the Union in the 89th minute, until Maurice Edu broke the stout City Islanders’ defense to give the Union some much-needed life. Uncovered in the middle of the box, Edu accepted a pass from Le Toux. Gaining possession, Edu fired a quick shot that cleanly beat Sylvestre, sending the contest to extra time, 1-1.

When Jim Curtin was introduced as the new head coach of the Union last Tuesday, he made it clear his club would take its upcoming U.S. Open Cup match, “very seriously,” as a chance for redemption in what has been a disastrous 2014.

It was Curtin's first win as manager of the Union.

Because of this, the Union didn’t permit the City Islanders to use loaned Union players Jimmy McLaughlin and Richie Marquez, while they started Edu, Vincent Nogueira and Cristian Maidana, among other everyday starters.

The Union’s first flurry into Open Cup play didn’t treat them differently than any of their 16 MLS matches. Curtin’s club held massive pressure against its opposition but was unable to create anything dangerous in the final third. This was a trend throughout the contest.

The Union earned 19 corners but were unable to capitalize. Sylvestre, who was the City Islanders’ best player, made 12 saves in the losing effort.

The Union paid for their inability to finish in the 38th minute, when a corner from City Islanders’ midfielder Danny Diprima was cleanly headed on net by Coady Andrews. Union rookie goalkeeper Andre Blake, making his first career professional start, made the initial save but the rebound came out to Jason Pelletier, who made no mistake, firing it in for the 1-0 City Islanders lead.

Over 40,000 fans already have tickets to watch USWNT friendly match on August 29 in Philadelphia

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Over 40,000 fans already have tickets to watch USWNT friendly match on August 29 in Philadelphia

Do you want to watch the best women's soccer team in the world?

For over 40,000 fans who have bought tickets to the U.S. women's national team's friendly match against Portugal on Aug. 29 at Lincoln Financial Field, the answer is evidently yes.

According to the USWNT, the World-Cup winning team's match at the Linc has a good shot to set an attendance record for a stand-alone USWNT friendly match. 

The current record is the 44,028 fans who attended an match at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh against Costa Rica in August of 2015.

The USWNT have local ties in forward Carli Lloyd, a Delran, New Jersey, native who's scored 114 goals in an incredible international career, and in midfielder Julie Ertz, a key member of the World Cup winners in 2015 and 2019. Her husband, Zach Ertz, has played at the Linc a few times over the last six years.

You can find information about the team's Victory Tour and buying tickets for the match at the Linc here

Alejandro Bedoya makes on-field statement about gun violence during Union's win over D.C. United

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Alejandro Bedoya makes on-field statement about gun violence during Union's win over D.C. United


WASHINGTON — Alejandro Bedoya made a statement about gun violence in the nation's capital.

After scoring the opening goal in the Philadelphia Union's 5-1 victory over D.C. United on Sunday night, Bedoya ran to an on-field microphone and shouted to the crowd: "Hey Congress, do something now! End gun violence! Let's go!"

Bedoya earlier tweeted about recent gun violence in Texas and Ohio that killed 29 people.

The 32-year-old Bedoya has played for the U.S. national team.

Bedoya first-timed a right-footer off the post into the net to give Philadelphia (12-7-6) the lead in the third minute. Union goalkeeper played a clearance into the left side of the attacking half where Andrew Wooten won the ball from defender Donovan Pines and crossed it to Marco Fabian, who fed Bedoya for the finish from just outside the box.

Marco Fabian had two goals and an assist for the Union.

Fabian side-footed a first-timer, off a cross from Kai Wagner, in first-half stoppage time and, after a United turnover, Kacper Przybylko's side-netter made it 3-0 in the 52nd minute.

Frederic Brillant scored in the 54th for D.C. (9-7-9). Fabian struck again in the 70th minute, and Fabrice-Jean Picault capped the scoring in 90th.

United, which was outshot 26-11 and is winless in its last three games, played a man down after Junior Moreno was shown a straight red card in the 40th for denial of an obvious goal scoring opportunity.