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Match Recap: Philadelphia Union fall 1-0 to DC United

Philadelphia Union-DC United

photo courtesy Philadelphia Union’s Twitter @PhilaUnion

The Philadelphia Union returned home looking for a much needed win to turn around their slow season. However, visiting DC United came into town and took three points away from a slumping Union squad.

Early on, the hosts seemed to be ready to take the early lead. In the fifth minute, Philadelphia’s Cristian Maidana took the corner kick, but it was cleared away; DC found there own chance moments later. Cristian’s cross into the box deflected off Ray Gaddis and landed at the top of the box. Chris Rolfe found the ball, scored his 50th MLS goal, and gave the visiting squad the quick lead in the sixth minute.

Throughout the game, Philadelphia had more opportunities, but produced very few dangerous opportunities. At the half, John Hackworth subbed in Danny Cruz for Brian Caroll. While Philadelphia was looking for a spark offensively, Caroll sustained a “slight groin injury” during the first half.

In the 64th minute, Philadelphia found their best chance to equalize. Andrew Wenger turned his defender and shot on goal. DC goalie Bill Hamid made the save. Connor Casey shot the rebounded ball and Philadelphia was denied again. Cruz had his own chance deflected by a United defender before falling over his opponent to the ground.

As the game reached the final whistle, Philadelphia continued to threaten, but DC stood strong defensively and the Union failed to truly challenge Hamid. With the loss, the Union fall to 1-5-5 and remain winless in May.

The loss raises Union fans frustration levels for both Hackworth and the players. It’s obvious that Hackworth is on the hot seat, but it is unclear if he will be let go anytime soon.

Philadelphia faces a test of three games in seven days. Next week, Philadelphia travels to Sporting Kansas City for a mid-week game before returning home to face a streaking New England Revolution squad on Saturday.

All in all, the Union’s season keeps going downhill and it can only get so much worse before it hits rock bottom. On the other hand, DC United win their fourth win of the 2014 season and look to keep the wins coming this season.

Phil Naegely is a writer for Stoppage Time Soccer. Follow him on Twitter @PNaegelySTS and add him to your Google Circles.

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