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Union's defense springs leak in 4-1 loss to Impact

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Union's defense springs leak in 4-1 loss to Impact

CHESTER, Pa. -- With an opportunity to cushion their spot in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, the Union lapsed. Unbeaten since Aug. 4, the Union defense sprung a leak on Saturday as the club fell to the Montreal Impact, 4-1, at Talen Energy Stadium.

It was an important match and painful loss for the Union, who, at 12-12-4 and unbeaten in their last five matches entering Saturday, hold the fifth spot in the East standings, but sit only one point ahead of the trailing Impact, now 12-14-3, for the sixth spot. 

The Union have six matches remaining. 

• After a sluggish first 10 minutes from the home side, a drowsiness that never truly relented, the Union capitalized off a rare set piece. Media, Pa. native Auston Trusty deflected a head off a strong corner cross from Borek Dockal for the 1-0 Union lead.

• It was Trusty’s first MLS goal in 28 MLS starts. He had nine shots entering the match. It was also Dockal’s ninth assist in his last nine games.

• The assist was Dockal’s 15th of the season. Not only did it tie him with Cristian Maidana (2015) for the single-season franchise record for assists, but it gave Dockal a leg up on the MLS lead for assists. He’s fighting for MLS lead in helpers with Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco and New York Red Bulls’ Alejandro Romero Gamarra, who each have 14.

• But while the corner kick gave the Union a lead, it also took it away. In the 28th minute, the Union’s corner was snuffed out and the Impact broke on a counter attack. On a full-field fast break and the Union defense scrambling, Alejandro Silva took a lead pass from Ignacio Piatti and placed it past an aggressive Andre Blake to lock the match at one.

• Outplaying the Union throughout the opening half, the Impact took the lead in the 39th, when a shot from Quincy Amarikwa rebounded off Blake’s outstretched arms and to Saphir Taider for the tap-in and 2-1 Impact lead at the half.

• The Impact made it 3-1 in the 63rd, capitalizing on another fast break as Daniel Lovitz crossed to find Amarikwa. Silva nabbed his second of the game and the Impact made it 4-1 in the 76th minute on yet another failed corner and fast break. It sent the fans toward the exits.

• The last time the Union allowed over three goals against was Aug. 4, a 3-1 decision for the Portland Timbers on the road. The Union gave up three goals at home against the LA Galaxy on July 21.

• It was a strange match for the recently dominant Union, who started C.J. Sapong on the right wing. Sloppy defensively and unable to generate much in the attacking third, it wasn’t a case of missed opportunities but more of an old-fashioned beat down. The Union were outshot, 15-9, despite trailing for the entire second half.

• Things won’t get easier for the Union, who immediately head west to CenturyLink Field to challenge the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday. That’s before returning home to host Sporting Kansas City on Sunday at Talen Energy Stadium. With little room for error, the Union face two Western Conference playoff teams.

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

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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.