Originally posted on Philly Sports Live  |  Last updated 9/23/12

Chester, Pa – The Union have solved their scoring drought for one game at least. The Union were winless and hadn’t score more than a goal since July 29th. Tonight they (Union) found a way to score three goals on a strong Houston team. Manager John Hackwork shook up the line-up again starting five differnent players from the last game on Thursday. The Union were determinded to get a result to today as it was the 2nd last home stand for Philadelphia.

The Union attacked early and often to start the match. Philadelphia knew coming into the match that Houston would be up for a dog fight as they (Houston) are pushing for a playoff berth. Also Philly has not had favorable results to Houston lately, coming into the game today Houston had won three games in a row over the Union. This includles knocking Philadelphia out of the playoffs last year as the Dynamo beat the Union in both playoff games between the clubs.

Philadelphia looking for its first win since July 29th were hungry to end the drought, Hackworth started little used Josue Martinez up top with Freddy Adu and Danny Cruz making deep runs in support. Adu’s early presence and hard work paid off.  Adu took a deflected ball off the touchline and worked it just outside the 6-yard box. He blasted a low shot into the back of net to put the home side up 1- 0 28th minute.

Houston battled back seconds before the half and caught Philly’s soild back-line off guard when Oscar Boniek García took a flick-on into the box. He took a quick touch in the box and slammed his shot off the far back post tying the game at 1-1. The Union and it’s fan were in shock. The Union defense had play very well up until that point and keeper Zac MacMath did now have much work. Philadelphia and Houston went into the break all tied at 1-1. As the players players left the pitch the Union full-backs were seen talking about goal and addressing it right away. Hackwork saud after the match that he really didn’t need to address this issue this he saw the them and heard speaking about it.

The Union came out in the 2nd half which even more energy than they had to start the match. The Union were all in to get the 3-points. The Union pushed numerous players up the attack. During a Union corner kick in the 50th minute full-back Sheanon Williams was pulled down in the box and the Union were awarded a penalty kick. Stepping up to take the kick was Freddy Adu. Adu sent his shot high and to the left, well out of Houston’s Tally Hall’s reach. This put the Union up 2-1. Right after the kick Adu came to the sideline as seemed hurt, later we were told Adu hurt his hip during the PK. Philly was then forced to use its first sub and brought on Keon Daniel to replace Adu.

Keon Daniel’s night only lasted 9 minutes as he took a knock and was forced out of the game as well. Hackworth was forced to use after sub and brought on his spark-plug forward Antoine Hoppenot. Hoppenot the surprise rookie for the Union inserted his work ethic right away. He was a factor right away, as it seems he is best fit as a sub to trouble the tired legs of defenses.

The Union looking hard to ice the game found a goal in the 70th minute from Josue Martinez as  he put away a deflected Amobi Okugo shot to put 3-1 to Philadelphia. Okugo’s delfected shot came from a cleared corner kick by the Houston defense.

Philadelphia held on tight fot the next 20 mintues as Houston never seems to even threaten the rest of the game. The Union get their first win and first goal from a forward since July 29th. The team’s next two matches are on the road as they face Columbus next Saturday Sept. 29th and wrap up with a mid-week stop in Chicago on Oct. 3.

Philadelphia’s next home match is Oct. 6 as the Union will host New England. Also all fans in attentdance can go to Great Clips with the week for free hair since the Union scored 3 goals.

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