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Category Archives: US Open Cup
June 12, 2013Posted by on
Philadelphia Union will head down to Boyds, Maryland to take on DC United at the Soccerplex. This is the third consecutive year the Union will play DC in the open cup play and each year it gets crazier and crazier. Lets take a trip down memory lane before braking down this game. In 2011 the Union lose to United in PKs. A goal from Carlos Ruiz and late goal from Brian Carrol tied the game up 2-2. Carlos Valdes gets a Red Card in the 85th minute. Move to 2012, and Carlos Valdes gets a red card, Brian Carrol scores, the game goes to extra time. The difference is Antoine Hoppenot scores a 93 minute goal and the Union win.
Move forward to this season and you have yourself a peach of a rubber match. In a way both teams are lucky to have advanced out of the third round of Open Cup Play. The Union needed a late stoppage time goal from Brian Carrol to get past Ocean City. Whereas DC won on PKs against the Richmond Kickers. Neither DC or Philadelphia took last round seriously they just wanted to do just enough to grind out the result. Needless to say, that is not the case this time. A real rivalry is brewing between these two clubs and the gloves will be off tonight. Even manager John Hackworth said that he would be surprised if this game finished without a red card.
Expect the Union to field a full squad, they are coming off 5 days rest. The team has seem to hit a spot of fluidity in the last match when they put up 3 goals against Columbus. The Union should field the same squad that they did for Columbus. Ideally maybe try one or two new players, at least start Farfan. The Union really need him to get going and this could be the game. Roger Torres should play some factor in this game.
This game is going to be an interesting one, DC United are currently having a howler of a season but still have some dangerous players. Even though they are in last place and the Union have more then triple their points, they can not be taken lightly. They only have the cup to play for and that is a huge motivating factor. The Union have to play confident but not stupid. Philly should go out and control the midfield, win all the the 50/50′s and make smart passes. All this comes with confidence because sometimes the Union get too hesitant and lose 50/50 balls.
The biggest factor in this game on both sides will be Brian Carrol. At times this season Carrol has looked slow, and heavy legged. His passing has been poor and his tackles have been slow which has been resulting in easy turnovers and shots on goal. Then we have the Brian Carrol who played in the Crew game. He was fantastic playing like he was 10 years younger and being one of the most influential players on the pitch. If Carrol can play like he did against the Crew the Union will be able to operate more fluently. If he shows his age then DC United will be able to pressure the defense more easily. Another factor to look at is, Carrol has been huge for the Union in the Open Cup. He is the Union’s leading goal scorer with 3 goals.
Projected Line up:
Union win 3-2 in Extra Time. 2 Red Cards one to a DC United player and another to Keon Daniel.
July 11, 2012Posted by on
Sporting Kansas City at Philadelphia Union
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 – 7:30 p.m. ET
PPL Park | Chester, Pennsylvania
The Philadelphia Union are one step closer to having a bigger trophy case than NYRB. Two rounds from their first trophy they have a rematch against a team they absolutely dominated the last time they played. Despite the big difference on the score-sheet the Union can’t, and surely won’t, take Kansas City lightly. Kansas City hasn’t gone this far in the Open Cup since 2004 when the Kansas City Wizards took home the trophy.
Of course despite the Union’s recent success and arguably the best week of soccer in the clubs history, Sporting Kansas City is still one of the top five teams in the league (along with RSL, DC, San Jose and NYRB in my book). While we may have had a few players on many people’s “Team of The Week”, Kansas City has 3 on the team of the season, the most of any club this season. Those three players are Graham Zusi, Aurelien Collin and Jimmy Nielsen. Of course Antoine Hoppenot beat both Collin and Nielsen in spectacular fashion in the last match-up, so who knows how things will go this time around. Surely SKC will be more prepared for the Union team.
Also of note…
-Sporting KC has never won a game at PPL Park. They’ve had a single trip in the Union’s first three years.
-SKC has only scored six goals in the run-of-play in their last five matches. The Union have scored 12, from a wide range of players over the same stretch (Pajoy, Gomez, McInerney, Adu, and Hoppenot each have multiple goals. Michael Farfan and Daniel have the other two).
Expected Starting Lineups
Both teams have been pretty consistent line-up–wise, so while there could be a change or two this game because its midweek, both teams are in the midst of a tought scheduling stretch, both 11′s are pretty much a lock.
Nielsen; Myers, Besler, Sinovic, Collin; Nagamura, Espinoza, Peterson; Zusi, Sapong, Kamara
MacMath; Williams, Okugo, Valdes, G. Farfan; Gomez, Carroll, M. Farfan; Adu, McInerney, Pajoy
The game will be shown online-only, either streamed on the Union’s website (not yet posted) or Sporting’s Youtube Channel. Tickets are also still available on the Union site. Be there if you can. A game like this is always more fun live.