C.J. Sapong and Sebastian Le Toux scored two of the franchise’s fastest goals yesterday, but the Philadelphia Union took another step backwards in what was a devastating 3-2 loss to D.C. United last Sunday.
Twenty seconds into the game, forward CJ Sapong scored the fastest goal in Union history following an assist from Cristian Maidana. Less than three minutes later, Sebastien Le Toux netted the ball past D.C United’s goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra for the second fastest goal in franchise history. While Philadelphia had a 2-0 lead within the first five minutes of the match, a rally from D.C. United gave the Union their 12th loss of the season, the same number of losses the team had all last year.
D.C. United now improve to 11-7-5 (38 pts) and maintain their spot as the Kings of the eastern conference while the Philadelphia Union 6-12-4 (22 pts), take their place as the second worst team the eastern conference and the league as a whole.
Philadelphia’s woes began in the 32nd minute after defender Ray Gaddis was called for a foul against United’s Davy Arnaud in the box and D.C. was given a penalty kick. Argentine forward Fabian Espindola stepped up for the kick and launched the ball over the bar. While it seemed as if Philadelphia was in the clear, things went from bad to worse. Minutes before halftime, Alvaro Saborio put one in the back of the net for United and it quickly became anyone’s game going into the second half.
In the 66th minute, United equalized after Union goalkeeper Brian Sylvestre rebounded his initial save. Thirteen minutes later, Espindola redeemed his earlier penalty kick debacle and scored the go-ahead goal off a Chris Korb cross.
Union head coach Jim Curtin felt that the team did not perform well during critical moments of the match.
“It was difficult. We obviously had a great start to the game – guys came out with energy. You knew, though, with the two early goals, knew D.C. was going to wake up and they’re a team of quality and get some chances. We didn’t do a good job of holding on but it wasn’t for a lack of effort. But at the same time, we come up a little short at critical moments in the box.”
Philadelphia return home for a clash with I-95 rivals the New York Red Bulls on August 1st while D.C. United take on Real Salt Lake at home the same day.