The Philadelphia Union emphatically claimed their fifth straight victory defeating the Houston Dynamo 6-0 in front of a standing room only crowd of 19,089 at Subaru Park Saturday night. The Union finish July undefeated with a 5-0-1 record and open up a 3 point lead over second place New York City FC in the Eastern Conference, while Houston in their orange kits looked and played like 11 traffic cones scattered on the pitch.
Daniel Gazdag started the scoring with a right footer from the center of the box in the 23rd minute for his team leading 11th goal of the season and his fourth straight match with a goal. Daniel Steres of Houston committed a hard foul against the Union setting up a free kick for Jack McGlynn which he converted for his first career MLS goal in his 10th regular season start. The Union tacked on a third goal a few minutes later with Mikael Uhre scoring on an assist from Olivier Mbaizo in the first minute of stoppage time just before halftime.
The Union continued to pour on the pressure in the second half with Uhre scoring his second goal of the night in the 48th minute on a right footer from the center of the box on a through ball from Alejandro Bedoya. Julian Carranza joined the scoring party in the 55th minute planting one in the bottom left corner of the net on Bedoya’s third assist of the night. Quinn Sullivan came off the bench to wrap up the scoring in the 89th minute on an assist from McGlynn.
After the game, coach Jim Curtin thanked the fans for packing the house for one of the biggest crowds ever at Subaru Park.
“We’ve made this building a special place to play. I think it’s the best party that there is in Philadelphia in the summer months.”
Curtin continued about another clean sheet for Andre Blake:
“Obviously having the best goalkeeper in the league helps as well. We’ve kept his job fairly easy the past couple weeks which is important because he carries us so much.”
On Alejandro Bedoya’s three assists after sitting out the previous match:
“Alejandro did a great job of penetrating what we call ‘the assist zone’ right on the side of the six yard box over to just short of the end line. When balls get into that area, it’s really hard with cutbacks and different passes for defenders to deal with.”
Mikael Uhre held up a jersey with his wife’s maiden name during his goal celebration, Uhre said of the celebration:
“Last year in August I got married to my lovely wife and I took her name so it’s now my middle name…I wanted to show her a huge thanks for helping me with everything, and her family was also in the stands today so I thought it would be appropriate to show that I’m really happy to have that name as well.”
Other news and notes:
- This was Kai Wagner’s 100th regular season appearance for the Union, making him only the 13th player in club history to reach that milestone
- Daniel Gazdag is the first Midfielder in team history to reach 10 goals for a season
- The Union are 27-3-8 at home over the past three seasons, with a 7-0-5 mark this season.
- The Union move on to Cincinnati for their next match on Saturday August 6 at 7:30pm. The match be aired locally on PHL17 and streamed on ESPN+
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