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Union Fall Late to San Jose

In an evenly-paced game that looked as though it would end in a 1-1 draw, Philadelphia suffered a devastating defeat due to a goal in the 93rdminute. With a late connection from Gabriel Gomez, the 18K at PPL Park believed that their team would earn a well-deserved draw. But their hopes were crushed when Steven Lenhart scored to edge the San Jose Earthquakes over the Philadelphia Union (2-4-1).

MacMath was bombarded early on, facing several good scoring chances by the Earthquakes.

The first half was largely dominated by the Earthquakes. San Jose came out of the locker room swinging, keeping Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath constantly busy diving for balls to keep his team in the game. But the Union defense eventually found its footing, led by Captain Danny Calif who was playing in his first game back from a knee injury. Philadelphia managed to seal the first half with a nil-nil stalemate.

In the second half, the Union were the ones who looked energized. There were a bombardment of shots and chances, but none found the back of the net for Philadelphia.

407 minutes is where the Zac MacMath and the scoreless defense would finally concede a goal, ending the team’s streak. Steven Lenhart broke the scoring silence in the 76th minute when he got his head on a cross and sent it into the back of the goal, out of the reach of MacMath.

But it was not long until the Union retaliated. Eager not to lose in front of their sellout crowd, Philadelphia started an attacking streak. Danny Mwanga helped motivate the offense when subbed onto the field for the second half. When he received the ball in the box, he unselfishly passed it to an open Gabriel Gomez 18 yards out and the spectators of PPL park watched as a strong hit ball soared past Earthquake goalkeeper Jon Busch. 1-1.

However, San Jose would not go down without a fight. Union fans were left stunned when in the 89thminute they watched the Earthquakes find the back of the goal once more, but luckily it was called back due to an offside call.

Lenhart and a teammate celebrate the game-winning tally.

But devastation occurred in extra time, and when the Union were awaiting a final whistle, they were heartbroken by yet another San Jose attack, which this time led to yet another header from a diving Steven Lenhart who again, scored putting San Jose ahead 2-1.

Just moments later the referee blew the final whistle, leaving the Union disappointed that they weren’t able to walk away with a point. The Union remain at 7th place in the East with 7 points.

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Author:George Hall

Khandyman Sports Blog Philadelphia Union writer.

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4 Comments on “Union Fall Late to San Jose”

  1. pd macfaux
    April 30, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

    awesome article. who is this george hall?? btw, scottish goalies have a long history of crushing devastation at the hands of invaders from the south – second only to russian goalies. Go Caps!

  2. Mrs. H.
    April 30, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

    George, way to be! Go for it!

  3. Tania Rorke
    April 30, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    Great article George! I feel like I was there, although glad I wasn’t to see the Union lose!

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