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September 27, 2013 8:00 PM EDT
Sporting Park — Kansas City, Kansas
Referee:‬ R. Salazar‎
Attendance:‬ 19243‎
 
 
Conor Casey 36′

Sporting Kansas City 0-1 Philadelphia Union: Union salvage playoff hopes with vital win

Philadelphia ended its winless and scoreless runs with an important win against Sporting, with Zac MacMath on form.

By Keith Hickey

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Rich Schultz
The Philadelphia Union defeated Sporting Kansas City 1-0 at Sporting Park, snapping a five-game winless skid and keeping the Zolos in the playoff hunt as the regular season comes to a close.

Philadelphia struck in the first half through Conor Casey, finally ending a 346-minute stretch of scoreless futility. Danny Cruz did well to work in a low cross from the right, and although Michael Farfan's shot bas blocked, Casey was in position to smash home from close range.

Sporting tried desperately for an equalizer, but the Wizards were held at bay. 22-year-old Union keeper Zac MacMath had a huge night, making five saves and recording his MLS-best 11th shutout of the season.

Philly (11-10-9) now occupies the fifth and final playoff spot in the East, although sixth-placed New England is two points behind with a game in hand. Sporting (14-10-6) remains in second.


Sporting Kansas City

1
Jimmy Nielsen
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
Ike Opara
Defender
89′
 - 
7
Chance Myers
Defender
 - 
15
Seth Sinovic
Defender
 - 
78
 - 
8
Graham Zusi
Midfielder
 - 
10
Benny Feilhaber
Midfielder
74′ 75′
 - 
20
Oriol Rosell
Midfielder
34′
 - 
14
Dominic Dwyer
Striker
66′
 - 
17
C.J. Sapong
Striker
 - 
37
Jacob Peterson
Midfielder
46′
 - 

Philadelphia Union

 - 
18
Zac MacMath
Goalkeeper
 - 
25
 - 
28
Ray Gaddis
Defender
 - 
2
Jeff Parke
Defender
 - 
33
Fabinho
Defender
 - 
7
Brian Carroll
Midfielder
70′
 - 
13
Michael Lahoud
Midfielder
 - 
14
Amobi Okugo
Defender
 - 
26
Michael Farfan
Midfielder
 - 
44
Danny Cruz
Midfielder
58′
 - 
6

Substitutes

18
Eric Kronberg
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
Matt Besler
Defender
 - 
13
Lawrence Olum
Midfielder
 - 
19
 - 
31
 - 
16
 - 
22
Soony Saad
Striker
46′
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
1
Oka Nikolov
Goalkeeper
 - 
20
Roger Torres
Midfielder
 - 
22
Leo Fernandes
Midfielder
 - 
9
 - 
11
 - 
12
 - 
29

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
5 2
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Kenny Miller Kenny Miller
Striker
Rangers
3 2