Union becoming Buffalo Bills of U.S. Open Cup

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Union becoming Buffalo Bills of U.S. Open Cup

The Union aren't quite the Buffalo Bills of the U.S. Open Cup, but they're getting close.

Mauro Manotas scored a pair of first-half goals as the shaky Union were toppled by the Houston Dynamo, 3-0, on a rainy Wednesday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.

It marked the club's third Open Cup finals loss in five seasons. 

After losing to the Seattle Sounders in 2014 and Sporting Kansas City in 2015, both at Talen Energy Stadium, the Union hit the road for their third Open Cup finals. But unlike the Sounders match, when the Union relinquished the lead, and the SKC match, which went to penalty kicks, this one wasn't competitive.

The Dynamo opened the scoring in the fourth minute on a brutal defensive breakdown by the Union. Beating Auston Trusty to the ball on the goal line, Alberth Elis placed a bouncing cross between defender Jack Elliott and goalkeeper Andre Blake, giving Manotas the easy header goal.

Manotas made it 2-0 in the 25th minute, when he moved past Trusty, easily gained the top of the box, and ripped a shot that rolled past the fingertips of Blake and in. It was a back-breaker for the Union, who put an onus on keeping Manotas in check.

Trusty's poor night went from bad to worse in the 65th minute, when he scored an own-goal off a rebound for the 3-0 Dynamo lead. It wasn't a mistimed header either, he kicked it right in. Would have been a strong finish if it was on the opposing goal.

Union manager Jim Curtin pulled Cory Burke for Jay Simpson in the 68th minute. It was the right move, albeit a tad late. Simpson, the reigning MLS player of the week, had three shots in under 20 minutes, while Burke finished with three on the night.

Former Union player Andrew Wenger made the start for the Dynamo. If you can remember, it was Wenger who missed a crucial penalty kick in the Union's PK loss to SKC in 2015. He had the last laugh.

The Union will look to put this devastating loss aside quickly as they visit the Columbus Crew in MLS action on Saturday at MAPFRE Stadium. The Union are one point behind the Crew for No. 4 spot in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores twice as Union lose to LA Galaxy

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores twice as Union lose to LA Galaxy

CARSON, Calif. — Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice in the first half and the LA Galaxy beat the Philadelphia Union 2-0 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory.

Ibrahimovic opened the scoring with a header in the 27th minute for the Galaxy (5-1-0). He drew a penalty five minutes later and converted it into the left corner in the 36th minute. The Swedish forward has six goals this season and 28 in 31 MLS appearances.

Philadelphia went down a man in the 76th minute when Auston Trusty was shown a red card for unsporting behavior.

The Union's Marco Fabian left in the 23rd minute because of a left ankle injury.

Philadelphia (3-3-1) had won three straight and was unbeaten in four.

Cory Burke, Alejandro Bedoya rally Union past FC Dallas

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Cory Burke, Alejandro Bedoya rally Union past FC Dallas


CHESTER, Pa. — Cory Burke and Alejandro Bedoya scored a pair of late goals on Saturday night to rally the Philadelphia Union to its third straight win, 2-1 over FC Dallas.

Bedoya scored the go-ahead goal in the second minute of stoppage time, settling Ilsinho's pass and cutting back to create space for a low left-footed finish.

Cory Burke scored a putback off Marco Fabian's blocked penalty shot to tie it at 1 for the Union (3-2-1) in the 85th minute. Burke drew the penalty against Matt Hedges.

Reto Ziegler opened the scoring with a free kick for FC Dallas (3-2-1) in the 10th minute.