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June 23, 2012 7:00 PM EDT
PPL Park — Chester, Pennsylvania
Referee:‬ T. Vaughn‎
Attendance:‬ 18207‎
 
 
 
80′ (PG) L. Pajoy
 
 

Philadelphia Union 4-0 Sporting Kansas City: Union Jack pays his dues

Frozen out under Peter Nowak, Jack McInerney has started two matches under John Hackworth, repaying the faith with a double on Saturday.

By Ben Goldber-Morse

Jack McInerney, Philadelphia Union; Jimmy Nielsen, Sporting Kansas City; MLS
Drew Hallowell
The Philadelphia Union rode Jack McInerney’s first-half brace to a 4-0 victory over visiting Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night at PPL Park.

McInerney, making only his second start of the season, put Philadelphia ahead barely a minute into the match with a blast over Sporting keeper Jimmy Nielsen from six yards. A wonderful long ball from captain Carlos Valdes sprung Raymon Gaddis on the right flank, and his cross was stopped at the far post by forward Lionard Pajoy. From six yards out, McInerney lifted the ball into the top of the net for the Union’s first lead in MLS play since Mother’s Day.

His second, a 43rd-minute strike, only reinforced the youngster’s nose for goal. Midfielder Freddy Adu’s free kick found its way to Valdes in front of the net, but after Nielsen saved the initial shot, McInerney was eagerly waiting to blast it in past the helpless keeper.

Zac MacMath was called upon midway through the second half, as he dove to his left, parrying Graham Zusi’s 23-yard free kick to preserve the two-goal lead.

Despite Kansas City’s second-half pressure, Philadelphia extended it to three in the 81st. Antoine Hoppenot drew a yellow card after beating Sporting defender Aurelien Collin in the box, and Lionard Pajoy converted the penalty to put the match away.

Hoppenot wasn’t done, however. Minutes later, he broke free of Collin once again and finished with a chip over Nielsen for the fourth, and final, goal.

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Philadelphia Union

18
Zac MacMath
Goalkeeper
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22
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Gabriel Farfán
Midfielder
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28
Ray Gaddis
Defender
25′
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7
Brian Carroll
Midfielder
17′
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30
Freddy Adu
Striker
59′
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13
Michael Lahoud
Midfielder
64′
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14
Amobi Okugo
Defender
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26
Michael Farfan
Midfielder
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9
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L. Pajoy
Striker
80′
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Sporting Kansas City

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1
Jimmy Nielsen
Goalkeeper
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7
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13
Lawrence Olum
Midfielder
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15
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78
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8
Graham Zusi
Midfielder
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R. Espinoza
Midfielder
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-
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10
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17
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Kei Kamara
Striker

Substitutes

1
Chris Konopka
Goalkeeper
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P. López
Defender
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20
Roger Torres
Midfielder
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26
Keon Daniel
Midfielder
72′
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9
J. Perlaza
Striker
 - 
17
 - 
29
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Substitutes

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18
Eric Kronberg
Goalkeeper
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5
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-
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19
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Michael Thomas
Midfielder
64′
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22
Soony Saad
Striker
74′
 - 
37
Jacob Peterson
Midfielder
84′

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Coach/Manager

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  • Assist
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  • Red Card
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  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
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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
Robbie Keane Robbie Keane
Striker
LA Galaxy
4 0