By AVI CREDITOR
PHILADELPHIA – Sebastien Le Toux's hat trick capped off a wild home opener for the Philadelphia Union, as the expansion team defeated regional rival D.C. United 3-2 at Lincoln Financial Field Saturday night.
Le Toux's 20-yard free kick found a seam in United's wall and eventually the back of the net to break a 2-2 tie in the 80th minute and deliver the Union the franchise's first victory. The free kick was set up by a Dejan Jakovic red card, after the United defender was sent off for fouling Alejandro Moreno.
Le Toux kicked off the scoring by headed home a Roger Torres cross in the fourth minute to score the Union's first-ever goal.
He tallied again in the 40th minute on a counterattack off a United corner. After the Union cleared the threat, Moreno found himself with the ball on the left side in his own end with the defense closing in on him. He lofted a perfect through ball toward the center of the field, where Le Toux ran onto the pass in stride. He confidently struck a low ball at the edge of the penalty area past United keeper Troy Perkins for a 2-0 Union edge.
D.C. United scored two goals in a six-minute span to shockingly pull even. Santino Quaranta's left-footed blast from distance in the 63rd minute beat Chris Seitz to snap United's scoreless streak to start the season at 253 minutes.
Halftime sub Jaime Moreno leveled the score in the 69th minute by duping Seitz into dropping the ball when he was attempting to punt it away. The D.C. veteran pounced on the loose ball, took a touch to create space and rolled a slow, sure shot into the net.
The Union improved to 1-1-0, while United are off to a dismal 0-3-0 start.
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