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Zach Pfeffer nets late winner to help Union drop D.C. United

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When Conor Casey nodded a harmless header in front of goal that floated into the arms of Bill Hamid, the moment seemed like the perfect play to describe an otherwise boring and lifeless match.

Then Zach Pfeffer saw a crack of daylight, and blasted home a stoppage-time winner that helped give the Union a 1-0 victory over D.C. United at PPL Park on Sunday.

With the match in the third minute of five minutes of second-half stoppage time, Union defender Fabinho raced down the left flank and sent a cross into the area. Sebastian Le Toux dummied the pass, letting it go through his legs to Pfeffer, who didn’t skip a beat in depositing a low blast past Bill Hamid.

The victory snapped Philly’s five match winless streak, and halted D.C. United’s eight-match unbeaten streak.

On a day that began with Union fans protesting before the match because of the team’s poor results, and what some perceive as poor front office management, The Union looked destined for another disappointing result after 90 minutes of regulation that saw no really dangerous chances.

Neither team was able to generate truly dangerous chances on the night, with D.C. United rookie Miguel Aguilar coming closest to a goal in the 49th minute when he hit a shot off the right post.

D.C. did have a goal a goal waved off in the 65th minute after a foul called against Chris Pontius negated what would have been a Maurice Edu own goal.

The Union finally broke through in stoppage time, when D.C. United was down to 10 men after having midfielder Luis Silva suffer an injury after the team had already used all three substitutions.

The Union defense stood up well against D.C. United, keeping the visitors from testing stand-in goalkeeper Brian Sylvestre too often. Sylvestre didn’t make a save in recording his first career shutout and victory.

D.C. United missed a chance to extend its two-point lead atop the Eastern Conference, but will face second-place New England on Saturday at Gillette Stadium. The Union return to action on May 24 with a visit to Red Bull Arena to take on the New York Red Bulls.


  1. As the last man left home from the U-20 squad, nice to see Pfeffer get this winner as a consolation. Plus it’s always nice to see DC lose.

  2. We needed that. We needed that so, so bad. Can’t lose sight of the fact that on a short turnaround, DC absolutely phoned this one in, but still – that’s a much needed 3 points and a little bit of respite for Curtin and the boys. Stoked for Pfeffer getting that goal after the U20 disappointment. In a season of few bright spots, he’s been one of them.

    Now, in regards to the protest – let’s be absolutely clear that the poor on-field play this season is just the most visible and obvious symptom of a much larger issue. This protest was much, much less about that and much, much more about the cause of that issue – Nick Sackeiwicz.

    Specifically, about his handling of the organization and the front office. That’s why the protest took place outside the stadium, before the game, and not in the River End during the game. The goal was to show disdain for the way the organization is being run, but still support the players. That’s why there was a coffin carried during the protest that had #SakOut written on it, and virtually nothing about Jim Curtin. That’s why, despite the worst start in franchise history, you won’t find very many people calling for Curtin’s job. This protest was to show that while the fans clearly love this team, they can’t stand the incompetent manner in which it is being run. This was about getting national attention focused on Sak and trying to do something, anything, to get him to take accountability for the way he and Sugarman are running this franchise.

  3. “…what some perceive as poor front office management”

    I’d really like to meet the other “some” who don’t perceive what is happening with the Union as poor front office management.

  4. If anyone in Philly tries to spin a 92nd minute win against a team playing with 10 and short week legs…

    Olsen was classy for calling Philly the better team on the night, but this changes nothing folks, especially with Nogs, Gaddis, and Edu as questionable or unavailable for the next match.

    fu Union fo

  5. A team that relies on defense, and especially a defense built around strong work rates from everyone can not afford fielding players like Farfan and perhaps Aguilar. And Boswell needs to be concerned that Birnbaum doesn’t take his place soon. Looked slow and coordination with Korb was nonexistent.


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