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Philadelphia stun Kansas City at Sporting Park

Photo: Laurence Horton

Philadelphia Union travelled to Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday night, and pulled off quite a shock by beating the reigning champions 2-1.

The victory was the first away win for the Union since the 27th September 2013, and they were worth the three points on the night.

Although the game saw the Union make nearly 300 less passes than their opponents, and they only saw 34% of the possession.

Having said that, their defensive display was assured, and going forward they were able to take their chances once they came.

The game started off lifeless, with an outstanding through ball from Graham Zusi that cut open the Philly defence the only highlight.

Kansas City were slow with their build-up play but they managed to control the tempo of the game.

Just after the half hour mark, Kansas City has a glorious opportunity to take the lead, as a move started by Matt Besler found its way to Zusi on the left, and his cross met the head Sal Zizzo, only for it to be cleared off the line.

Philly came out firing in the second half and scored three minutes in, after a break down the left side by Cristian Maidana led to a shot, which was parried by Eric Kronberg, only for Danny Cruz to tap in the rebound.

Kansas City were troubled by conceding the goal, and called on Dom Dwyer in the seventy-first minute to try and change their fortunes.

It took him nine minutes to get on the score-sheet, as a beautiful one-two with Paulo Nagamura was followed by a great strike that ended in the top corner despite Dwyer taking a knock on contact.

However, the lead was short lived as Andrew Wenger managed to bring the ball down in the Kansas City box, and put it on a plate for Maidana, who guided it to the bottom corner just a minute later to restore the Union’s lead.

The drama hadn’t finished there though, after Corben Bone, who had only come on a minute before, was shown a red card for a late tackle on Jacob Peterson.

Philadelphia held on to snatch a vital three points and will take confidence from their best result of the season.

The result leaves Sporting tied atop the Eastern Conference, with Philadelphia moving up to seventh place.

Matt Besler and Graham Zusi now travel to Stanford to join up with the USMNT squad, with the Union’s on-loan Stoke midfielder, Maurice Edu, already there.

Philadelphia host New England on Sunday, while Sporting Kansas City travel to Chicago hoping to bounce back quickly.

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About Jamie Ives (317 Articles)
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1 Comment on Philadelphia stun Kansas City at Sporting Park

  1. Nice to see some Sporting coverage from across the pond. Enjoying your site so far. Cheers!

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