The Philadelphia Union encountered D.C. United on August 20th for the second time this season and destroyed them by a score of 6-0.Philadelphia has set an MLS record for the largest record for an opponent series in a season (13-0) and continue to roll against D.C. whenever the two clubs play one another.

 

Carranza Continues Torching D.C. United

Each time the Philadelphia Union have faced off against D.C. United this season, Julián Carranza has managed to have a stellar match.

In fact, Carranza had a hat-trick on Saturday night and the previous time the two clubs faced each other.

This was a historic night for Carranza as he joins Cobi Jones (1998 Colorado Rapids) as the only MLS player with two hat-tricks against the same team in the same season.

It did benefit Carranza that D.C. United has been abysmal this season, but nonetheless, his play has been off the charts against them.

Carranza took advantage by putting a little bit of pressure on his opponents all night.

He especially caught them sleeping late in the second half when D.C.’s goalkeeper (Rafael Romo) attempted to kick the ball back to his teammate who was not paying attention.

Carranza jumped the pass and scored on a near empty goal.

The young Argentinian forward is very exciting to watch and has plenty of potential; Philadelphia must be pleased to have him on their roster for such a cheap deal ($500,000).

 

What’s Next?

This matchup against D.C. United was much needed for Philadelphia following a tough 1-0 loss versus FC Dallas last Wednesday.

As of now, the Union stand in first place with 51 points. CF Montréal is in second with 46 points and New York City FC is in third with 42 points.

Saturday night’s victory versus D.C. was very promising for the fans and players.

Despite a slow start in the first half, the Union exploded in the second half and took complete control of the match.

Like usual the defense was phenomenal. Andre Blake has been a force in goal and continues to shut down opponents.

There were some slip-ups by the defense in the first half, but they managed to recuperate in the second half and hold D.C. United scoreless.

Additionally, the offense has been led by the three-headed trio: Julián Carranza, Daniel Gazdag, and Mikael Uhre.

These three players have immensely contributed to the Union’s offensive success throughout the season.

With the regular season almost coming to an end this Philadelphia Union squad is in the best position now. At this rate they are on the verge of winning an MLS Cup if they can keep up this play.

 

 

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