The Philadelphia Union's first organized match got the expansion club off to a flying start as three different players scored in a 5-0 exhibition romp over the University of North Carolina in Greensboro on Saturday night.
Sebastien LeToux scored a first-half hat-trick while Shea Salinas and Jack McInerney added second-half strikes to give Union head coach Peter Nowak his first victory as Philly head coach.
Acquired from the Seattle Sounders in the MLS Expansion draft, LeToux converted a penalty drawn by Alejandro Moreno and converted passes from Amobi Okugo and Fred for his three goals.
Brad Knighton and Chris Seitz each played a half to combine for the shutout.
Here are some other results from Saturday's MLS pre-season action:
CREW TOP D.C. UNITED
An early Devon McTavish own goal was the only scoring in a Columbus Crew exhibition victory against D.C. Unitedin Bradenton, Florida.
Columbus gave newly-acquired Colombian forward Sergio Herrera his debut, but it was McTavish who put Columbus on the board in the eighth minute.
SAN JOSE DOWNS WIZARDS
A header from newly-acquired Brazilian forward Eduardo provided the difference as the San Jose Earthquakes downed the Kansas City Wizards, 1-0, in exhibition action in Arizona.
FC DALLAS ROUTS TULSA
David Ferreira and Atiba Harris scored two goals apiece while Brek Shea added three assists as FC Dallas rolled to a 7-1 exhibition thrashing of the University of Tulsa on Saturday at Pizza Hut Park.
Playing without forward Jeff Cunningham, who is with the U.S. national team, FC Dallas had little trouble finding the net as several projected starters saw minutes in the mis-match.
CHIVAS USA WINS MEXICAN TOUR OPENER
Cuban striker Maykel Galindo scored a pair of goals to help Chivas USA post a 3-1 victory against Mexican second-division side Irapuato in exhibition action in Guanajuato, Mexico on Saturday night.
HOUSTON DYNAMO TROUNCES SMU
Playing without U.S. national team camp participants Brian Ching, Brad Davis and Geoff Cameron didn't stop the Houston Dynamo from cruising to a 4-0 exhibition victory over Southern Methodist University on Saturday in Houston.
Forward Cam Weaver scored a pair of first-half goals while Dominic Oduro provided two second-half goals for the Dynamo.
GALAXY TOPS UCLA
LA Galaxy rookie midfielder Michael Stephens spent four years playing at UCLA, but that didn't stop him from scoring two goals against his alma mater in the Galaxy's 4-0 win against UCLA on Friday.
What do you think of these results? Excited by Philadelphia's start? Which players are you keeping an eye on in pre-season?
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I know it must really hurt on Valentine’s Day, but you’ll get over it. They’ll be others.
I miss Le Toux. Sure he had a rough time during MLS play, but man, what a great guy.
Well, that makes sense, we wouldn’t like the Yankees going to Madrid or Brazil to beat their best professional teams……oh wait.
hopefully this means Le Toux has a good shot at a starting job
You guys ever thought it might be a good experience for the college players? Maybe some might be playing MLS one day.
LOL and still Toronto can only manage a DRAW.
GOOOO Yewnyawn. Show those college nerds how we do sh!t. College f@gs.
preseason matters little… its about getting match fit and trying new formations and players… while quality of play is nice, it really matters not
Do you also make sarcastic jokes when MLB teams beat up on college teams in spring training?
They can play the best teams in the world, they still suck at the end of the day…its been nearly 15 years and the expansion sides have the same amount of championships as you do!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
seriously, is this the best those teams can conjure up in preparation for the season?
props to my red bulls, at least they went off to play professional teams in europe + the upcoming disney cup (or whatever its called) in florida.
Those college teams are from the best college leagues in the World so don’t diss it 🙂
I’m really glad these preseason MLS sides can beat offseason college sides.
Philly Union? What’s that? Nevercheatd of ’em. . More interested in Eduardo.