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Played
September 23, 2012 4:10 PM EDT
PPL Park — Chester, Pennsylvania
Referee:‬ E. Jurisevic‎
Attendance:‬ 17666‎
 
28′ Freddy Adu
B. García 44′
50′ (PG) Freddy Adu
 
 

Philadelphia Union 3-1 Houston Dynamo: Freddy Adu grabs two

A Freddy Adu double paced the Union to a 3-1 win over the Dynamo which keeps Philly's playoff hopes mathematically alive for one more week.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Amobi Okugo, Ramon Gaddis, Philadelphia Union; Calen Carr, Houston Dynamo; MLS
Chris Gardner
Led by a double from Freddy Adu, the Philadelphia Union beat the Houston Dynamo 3-1 at home.

In the 10th minute, Tally Hall pulled off an impressive double save to keep the scores level early. Hall again pulled off a double save when Kofi Sarkodie twice deflected a Raymon Gaddis cross on his own net. However, this time, Freddy Adu picked up the loose ball and nutmegged Sarkodie with a sneaky right-footed shot to open the scoring.

Sarkodie went some way toward redeeming himself by curling in the cross which Will Bruin held up and fed to Oscar Boniek García. Garcia thrashed a one-time shot in off the far post to equalize.

Five minutes into the second half, Adu once again put Philly ahead, this time from the penalty spot.

Shortly after, Adu limped out of the game with an injury, leaving his strike partner Josué Martinez to cap off the scoring. Amobi Okugo smacked a volley back toward the goal after a corner, and it fell kindly to Martinez, who scrapped the ball over the line.

Brad Davis cracked a shot off the crossbeam in the dying minutes, but the score finished 3-1.

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Philadelphia Union

18
Zac MacMath
Goalkeeper
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22
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25
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28
Ray Gaddis
Defender
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7
Brian Carroll
Midfielder
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30
Freddy Adu
Striker
28′ 50′ 57′
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13
Michael Lahoud
Midfielder
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14
Amobi Okugo
Defender
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26
Michael Farfan
Midfielder
82′
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44
Danny Cruz
Midfielder
81′
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17
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Houston Dynamo

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1
Tally Hall
Goalkeeper
71′
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4
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8
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-
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32
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11
Brad Davis
Midfielder
42′
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13
Ricardo Clark
Midfielder
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17
Luiz Camargo
Midfielder
63′
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27
B. García
Midfielder
44′
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-
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12
Will Bruin
Striker

Substitutes

1
Chris Konopka
Goalkeeper
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3
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20
Roger Torres
Midfielder
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26
Keon Daniel
Midfielder
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9
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30
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29
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Substitutes

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24
Tyler Deric
Goalkeeper
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5
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6
Adam Moffat
Midfielder
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23
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3
Calen Carr
Striker
46′ 75′
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23
Cam Weaver
Striker
81′
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