D.C. United at Philadelphia Union: Match Night Commentary

D.C. United at Philadelphia Union: Match Night Commentary

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D.C. United at Philadelphia Union: Match Night Commentary

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By AVI CREDITOR

A Mid-Atlantic rivalry is born, as the Philadelphia Union open their temporary home, Lincoln Financial Field, to welcome D.C. United (6 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel).

While a festive mood is in the air, both teams have had little to celebrate early in the season. D.C. United (0-2-0) and the Union (0-1-0) both have yet to score and are in need of improved performances to get some momentum rolling.

I'll be providing live commentary from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, so please feel free to follow along and share any thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the match (Commentary after the jump).

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POSTGAME – Sebastien Le Toux is the obvious choice for Man of the Match with his hat trick. For teams that entered the game with a combined 0 goals scored, we were treated to more offense than we thought we were in for.

That's all for me, stay tuned to SBI for postgame reaction from players and coaches. Good night everybody.

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POSTGAME – Union players go over to the Sons of Ben, a few Lambeau (er, Lincoln) Leaping into the crowd. What would they have done with all these pyrotechnics if they had lost? A well deserved celebration for the Union and their fans. As for D.C. United, this one hurts. They should've at least walked away with a point, but Jakovic's red card led directly to Le Toux's winner, and United falls to 0-3-0.

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90th Minute – And there's the final whistle! 3-2 Philadelphia! The expansion Union have their first victory as fireworks go off above Lincoln Financial Field. What a scene.

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90th Minute – United defending 95 yards away from the goal they need to score in. Time is ticking.

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90th Minute – Philly in time-killing mode, throw-in in the D.C. side and taking their time.

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90th Minute – Foul on McInerney in the center circle. Quaranta to restart.

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90th Minute – FOUR minutes of stoppage time. Philly fans boo. 10-man United has time left for an equalizer.

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89th Minute – Cristman sees yellow for dissent. Quaranta was taken down hard on the right flank with no foul call, and Cristman voiced his displeasure. Nick Zimmerman comes on for Alejandro Moreno.

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88th Minute – Shaky moment from Seitz, letting a cross go through instead of coming out to catch it, but it's chested down to him. Pontius tries to pull a Moreno and make Seitz drop it again, but the Union keeper has learned his lesson.

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86th Minute – A little more than half of tonight's crowd will be able to fit into the new PPL Park when it opens this summer. Great atmosphere tonight in Philadelphia. United, down to 10 men, search for a winner. McInerney is the only Union player not defending right now.

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84th Minute – What a backbreaker that goal was for D.C. United. After fighting back from a 2-0 deficit, only to have Le Toux complete the hat trick for the go-ahead goal. Play has slowed a bit, Philadelphia trying to play six more minutes of defense.

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82nd Minute – Jack McInerney is on for Philadelphia replacing Andrew Jacobson. He'll step onto the pitch in front of an announced attendance of 34,870. Adam Cristman is on for Allsopp.

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81st Minute – In an unrelated story, Seattle Sounders F.C. have had problems finishing this season.

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80th MinuteGOAL PHILADELPHIA!!!!! Le Toux BURRIES the free kick! 3-2 Union!!

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78th Minute – RED CARD JAKOVIC! That could be a game changer. The D.C. centerback pulls down Alejandro Moreno just outside the penalty area.

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76th Minute – Seitz does well to intercept a header coming across his area. Philly is on its heels, D.C. United controlling the run of play. It's amazing what breaking through for a couple of goals will do for a team's confidence.

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75th Minute – Le Toux taken down in the center circle, but he hobbles it off. Philly gives the ball back to D.C. on the restart. Can the Union recharge their offense and find a winner?

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73rd Minute – Quaranta is shown yellow for tripping Salinas on the left flank. Free kick coming for Philly.

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71st Minute – Moreno, the veteran, absolutely got the better of Seitz, the first-year starter, causing the Union goalie to make a huuuuge gaffe. Moreno pounced on the ball as soon as it hit the ground and made one move to get enough space for the easy shot. D.C. United is alive and kicking.

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69th MinuteGOAL D.C. UNITED! Jaime Moreno with a ridiculous move of deception! Seitz was about to boot the ball away, Moreno deked him into dropping the ball, and Moreno kicked it into an empty net! 2-2!

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68th Minute – Shea Salinas substituted in for Roger Torres, who gets a great ovation from the Philly crowd. He did extremely well in the first half.

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67th Minute – The yellow card comes out for Allsopp after he trips up Danny Califf. Long shot off the restart goes right to Perkins.

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65th Minute – SAVE SEITZ! Allsopp got his head on a free kick right out front, but Seitz did well to position himself in front of it. Let's see how the young Union do under some pressure.

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64th Minute – And just like that D.C. is back in the game, and the Barra Brava are recharged in the upper deck. 253 minutes of futility come to an end, and D.C. is within 2-1.

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63rd MinuteGOAL D.C. UNITED! Santino Quaranta with a laser of a left-footed shot from about 23 yards out! WOW what a shot by Quaranta.

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61st Minute – Pontius airmails the free kick to the padding below the Sons of Ben, who applaud the effort. Not a good kick by Pontius, when D.C. needed to come away with at least a shot on target.

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60th Minute – Wallace appears to dive just outside the area, but Terry Vaughn doesn't see it like that. Yellow card and a foul on Arrieta, free kick United. Great chance to slice the deficit in half.

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58th Minute – Action has slowed considerably. D.C. built up a nice attack, but lost possession out of bounds too easily. No rhythm for the Black-and-Red (or today, the Whites).

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56th Minute – Moreno distributes wide to Talley, but his shot is wildly wide and high. D.C. needs to do better with its opportunities.

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53rd Minute – SAVE PERKINS! Le Toux had an open shot from the top of the area on a breakaway, but Perkins kicks it away.

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52nd Minute – Great corner by Torres, evading Perkins by the far post, but skips out of bounds.

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52nd Minute – A. Moreno gets away with a pushoff, keeping possession for Philly. Arrieta's shot from the right deflected behind for a corner.

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47th Minute – Philadelphia moving left to right now, D.C. right to left. Jamie Moreno subbed in for Cristian Castillo for United at halftime. Pontius moves back to the left midfield. Onalfo had to do something.

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46th Minute – Will D.C. fight back and steal a point on the road? Based on the team's first-half performance, no. United needs to up their game bigtime. Philadelphia, meanwhile, will be playing with a halftime lead for the first time. Lets see how the Union respond.

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HALFTIME – As for the Union, this formation and personnel have performed immensely better than the lineup we saw at Seattle. Fred's presence has stabilized things in the midfield, even though he hasn't contributed a whole lot to the attack.

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HALFTIME – Curt Onalfo has his work cut out for him at halftime. That's 225+ minutes of scoreless soccer for D.C. United. Will we see Jamie Moreno as a halftime sub?

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45th Minute – Allsopp comes close with a header! Castillo's corner finds the Aussie striker, and his header goes over the bar.

Halftime. 2-0 Philadelphia. What a dream start at home for the Union.

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45th Minute – Torres is fine. He comes back on and immediately is cutting with his trademark speed. Two minutes of stoppage time.

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44th Minute – Torres down after a hard challenge holding his left ankle. That would be a huge loss for the Union. The referee played the advantage and the Union generated a shot, but Le Toux was offside. Trainer checking out Torres, who limps off on his own power. We'll see if he stays in. He's been great creating for Philadelphia.

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43rd Minute – Seitz forced to make a save, catching Barklage's attempt from the right side. Odd angle on the shot.

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42nd Minute – Moreno taken down by Brandon Barklage, Barklage earns the yellow card. Moreno was actually fouled. No dive, though it was a bit embellished.

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41st Minute – After D.C.'s corner was defended well, Moreno hit Le Toux with a gorgeous long pass, springing him alone with just Perkins defending. Le Toux's shot from just outside the area was confidently hit to the bottom left corner. Expansion draft pick is making an impact.

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40th MinuteGOAL PHILADELPHIA!!! It's Le Toux again! 2-0 Union!

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39th Minute – Pontius from distance has his shot deflected out for a corner. First one of the match.

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36th Minute – Pontius makes a nice run down the middle and is taken down, but doesn't get the call just outside the area. Didn't look like a dive from my seat.

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35th Minute – Possession has evened out a bit, neither team able to string together a series of touches. Yellow card on Wallace for taking down former United player Fred.

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33rd Minute – Castillo long ball for Allsopp, but it's just a tad too far, and Seitz meets him at the top of the area to corral the ball.

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31st Minute – Foul on Torres as Morsink goes down to the chagrin of the Union fans. 31st minute for the first chorus of boos from the same people that booed Santa Claus? I had 3rd minute in my pool. Must be positive vibes flowing through the City of Brotherly Love.

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30th Minute – Half an hour in, and the Union are in control, though early momentum has slowed a bit. Can't be surprised to see the boys in blue come out all charged up in front of their home fans for the first time.

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29th Minute – Jakovic is walking it off, looks like he'll stay on. Lower bowl of Lincoln Financial Field looking mighty filled now. Stragglers have trickled in.

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28th Minute – Jakovic down on the pitch now holding his head after colliding with his own teammate, James. D.C. can't exactly spare another centerback.

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26th Minute – D.C. starting to come up with a series of passes now. Pontius falls down in the box, but no foul called on Arrieta. Philly clears.

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25th Minute – Pontius with a nice idea, little back heel tap for Allsopp, but it's deflected away before any danger appears. Good thinking by Pontius.

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23rd Minute – Wallace with a long ball aimed for Allsopp, but the Aussie's jump isn't high enough, and Seitz comes out to collect the bouncer. Pace has slowed after a frenetic start.

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22nd Minute – Quaranta trips up Harvey, restart Philadelphia. Union, playing with the lead, look quite confident.

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20th Minute – Promising D.C. counterattack falls apart in the final third. Allsopp's still getting his feet wet for United.

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19th Minute – Le Toux's free kick deflects off a body (hand maybe?) and out of the box. Philadelphia really taking control of this game now, putting the pressure on D.C.'s back line.

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18th Minute – Dangerous foul by James, sliding under Moreno. Free kick, left side just outside the area.

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16th Minute – James tested right away with a long ball for Alejandro Moreno, but he does well to fend off Moreno and draw a foul.

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15th Minute – Pena's coming out for Julius James. D.C. with some possession now, but turns it over out of bounds.

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14th Minute – Pena down with an apparent leg injury. Trainer's coming out to take a look.

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12th Minute – Another free kick for Philadelphia. Torres by the right sideline, 20 yards out. Bounces dangerously in the area, but nobody in the right place to cash in.

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11th Minute – Neither team has established continuity or possession just yet. A lot of back and forth in the middle third.

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9th Minute – Another shot from Le Toux gets deflected and slowed down for Perkins to handle. Philadelphia has come out roaring. Not unlike the beginning to the Seattle game, but the Union have managed to put one away so far.

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8th Minute – Dangerous cross by Cristian Castillo, whiffed on by Califf, but no United players there to capitalize. Hard to miss Castillo in his bright yellow boots.

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7th Minute – D.C.'s nightmare start to the season just got worse. We'll see what this team is really made of now. Can't get much worse.

As far as the run of play, it's been a lot of back and forth, long balls that have been easily handled by Seitz and Perkins.

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5th Minute – Torres assisted on the goal with a cross from the right side, and Le Toux had no problems getting to the spot to put it home. WOW what a dream start at home for the UUUUnion.

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4th MinuteGOAL PHILADELPHIA!!! It's Sebastian Le Toux with a diving header! 1-0 Philadelphia!

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3rd Minute – Free kick coming for Philly, after a foul a few yards outside the area. Torres takes it and forces a diving save by Perkins, low to his left.

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2nd Minute – Peter Nowak is in the booth today, not coaching because of his connection to the victims of the plane crash in Poland.

Roger Torres with a dangerous run down the right, but his chip is a little too far ahead for Le Toux.

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1st Minute – We're underway and a Mid-Atlantic rivalry is officially born. Beautiful night in Philadelphia with not a cloud in the sky, though a little chilly.

D.C. is wearing the road whites moving from left to right, Philadelphia in the home dark blues moving right to left.

Terry Vaughn will be handling the refereeing duties tonight.

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PRE-GAME – Prediction time: 1-1 draw.

Biden and U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame member and Philadelphia native Walter Bahr are taking part in a ceremonial first kick.

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PRE-GAME – The teams are walking out of the tunnel now, with the Philadelphia fans waving baby blue and white towels. Plenty of fans are still waiting to get in, with security extra tight today because of the presence of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

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PRE-GAME – Benches for both teams:

D.C. – Jamie Moreno, Boyzzz Khumalo, Adam Cristman, Tiyi Shipalene, Devon McTavish, Julius James, Bill Hamid.

Philadelphia – Jack McInerney, Amobi Okugo, Danny Mwanga, Nick Zimmerman, Shea Salinas, Shavar Thomas, Brad Knighton

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PRE-GAME – Fans are still piling into Lincoln Financial Field, where a crowd of 35,000 is expected to be on hand. D.C. United had a large group of supporters make the ride up I-95, and they're seated in the upper deck behind one of the goals. The Sons of Ben, Philadelphia's boisterous supporters group, is in the lower bowl behind the opposite goal.

There should not be a lack of creative chants tonight. All in good fun, of course.

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PRE-GAME – Interesting changes for both sides. Jamie Moreno has been relegated to the bench by Curt Onalfo in favor of Australian signing Danny Allsopp, and he'll be paired with Chris Pontius up top for D.C. United.

Philadelphia also has a few changes, most notably the inclusion of Fred in the midfield and new signing Christian Arrieta at right back. Stefani Miglioranzi also gets the start in the midfield, as first overall pick Danny Mwanga, who played out of position at midfield in the Union's opener, is on the bench. 

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PRE-GAME – Here are tonight's starting lineups:

D.C. UNITED

———–Allsopp———-Pontius———

–Castillo——Quaranta——-Barklage–

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–Wallace—-Jakovic—–Pena—-Talley—

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PHILADELPHIA UNION

————Moreno———-Le Toux——

–Fred—Miglioranzi—-Jacobson—-Torres–

—Harvey—-Califf—–Orozco—–Arrieta–

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