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

Finally, after three straight losses dating back to last season, the Union got a win over the Houston Dynamo.  After reaching the MLS Final last season against the LA Galaxy, the Dynamo hope a playoff spot is still in their future, but the Union put a little bit of a roadblock in their plans tonight with a decisive victory.  The loss is a definitely a step back for Houston, while the win still keeps Philadelphia’s playoff hopes alive, despite the very slim chance that they will make the post season.  Had the Union lost or drawn the match, any hope of making the playoffs would have been lost.  Even if the playoffs are unlikely, a win is a win, and the Union proved that with the right players on the field, they can still score some goals.

Freddy Adu, who has been the subject of much ridicule this season, showed that he is a big part of this team’s future going forward, scoring two of the team’s three goals this afternoon.  His first came in the 28th minute, after a frenzy in front of Houston’s net led to Adu taking a shot to the near post that beat Dynamo keeper Tally Hall.  Houston would equalize just a minute before halftime, with Oscar Garcia taking a shot wide left that bounced off MacMath’s post and into the net.  Fortunately for the Union, the game would not stay knotted up for long.  After defender Sheanon Williams was pulled down in the penalty area, Philadelphia was awarded a penalty in the 50th minute.  Adu put it away easily, giving his squad a second half 2-1 lead.  Unfortunately, Adu left the game shortly after with a left leg injury.

Josue Martinez, who got a rare start this afternoon, proved his worth as well, scoring an insurance goal (the first of his MLS career) for the Union in the 71st minute, making it 3-1.  Martinez had ample opportunities to score all match long, but looked hesitant to pull the trigger.  If Martinez can gain some confidence and stop being afraid to shoot the ball, he could end up being a dangerous weapon next season.  The 22 year Costa Rican International showed a lot of speed and ability in handling the ball today; he just needs to be given more minutes on the pitch.

The Union need to win out the rest of the season and have some other teams lose if they are going to make the playoffs, something that is extremely unlikely.  However, they could possibly play spoiler one more time next week when they take on Columbus away.  The Crew are also looking to gain an all-important playoff spot, but the Union could ruin those plans with a win.  That match is next Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and can been seen on The Comcast Network.  The Union’s next home game is on October 6th against the New England Revolution.  Be sure to stay tuned to Philly Sports Live as we gather more information on the extent of Freddy Adu’s injury.

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