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Philadelphia Union keep up scoring heat to torch Atlanta 4-1

The Philadelphia Union kept up their onslaught of goals smacking down Atlanta United FC 4-1 in MLS action on Wednesday evening. This was their 7th consecutive home win and 3rd straight overall, outscoring opponents a combined 16-1 in those three wins. The Union remain undefeated this year in the friendly confines of Subaru Park with two home games remaining.

The Union struck first in the 18th minute with Julián Carranza hitting a shot from the top of the box for his 14th goal of the season on a pass from Mikael Uhre. Atlanta tied it up a few minutes later in the 24th minute after Thiago Almada had a shot saved by Union goalie Andre Blake. However, Blake could not get a handle on the ball and Andrew Gutman dove in front of the net to head in the ball from close range before Blake could gain control of it.

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Shortly before halftime in the 3rd minute of first half stoppage time, Kai Wagner of the Union placed a corner kick through the pack in front of the goal for Uhre to find at the right corner of the box and send into the back of the net with a deflection off Atlanta’s Santiago Sosa to put the Union up 2-1 heading into the break.

Union fans can also check out the following video featuring thoughts from Forward Mikael Uhre:

In the second half, the Union tacked on another goal in the 67th minute when Jose Martinez placed a pass into the box that Corey Burke headed straight up into the air before Daniel Gazdag corralled the ball at the center of the box and sent it home with a left footer to go up 3-1. In the final minutes of stoppage time Nathan Herriel scored his first MLS goal on a deflection after fielding a pass from Paxton Aaronson for the final tally of 4-1.

After the game Mikael Uhre said about his clutch goal:

“It’s always nice to score right before halftime, then you get some renewed energy. It kind of takes the momentum out of the other guys…you come out flying in the second half.”

Uhre went on to credit his teammates as well:

“Of course you want to score as a striker, but I don’t really care who scores the goal. I’m so glad Daniel and Julian are doing well, and I’m really enjoying seeing Corey play right now. He’s doing a phenomenal job when he gets on the pitch.”

Coach Jim Curtin also touched on the momentum shift, the Subaru Park crowd, and the team’s rock holding down the fort from the net:

“It’s a hard place to come play now. You can feel the momentum shift, when we get a goal it gets a little louder and you can feel the life come out of the other team and our guys have the killer instinct which is really dangerous in pro sports. When guys smell blood, our guys are pretty ruthless, and I really like that attitude that they have…It always starts from the back with Andre, that stability, that nice warm blanket he gives us back there. That makes any coach sleep well at night.”

News and notes:

–          Goalie Andre Blake was honored before the game for his 200th start with the Union, only the second player in franchise history to hit that mark, joining Ray Gaddis in the exclusive club.

–          The Union have smashed their franchise record with 61 goals so far this season, passing the 58 goals scored by the 2019 squad with a month left to go in the season.

–          The 16th win by the Union this season matches that same 2019 season for most victories in a season by the team, which also made them the first team in the MLS this season to clinch a playoff berth

–          Daniel Gazdag’s 17th goal passed CJ Sapong’s 2017 season to set a new record for most goals by a Union player in a season

–          Next up for the Union is a quick road trip up the Turnpike to meet the Red Bulls in Harrison, NJ on Saturday September 3 at 7pm, with the game broadcast on PHL17 and ESPN+

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https://www.philadelphiaunion.com/

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