An entertaining five-goal affair at PPL Park ends in favor of the home side.The Battle of I-95 lived up to its name tonight, as the Union earned a hard fought 3-2 home win over D.C. United at PPL Park.
Sebastien Le Toux scored two goals inside the first 15 minutes, and Michael Farfan won the match in the second half with a great run and strike. Dwayne De Rosario and Andy Najar scored for the visitors
"This was a massive step toward the playoffs. We deserved to win this game," Philadelphia coach Peter Nowak said after the match.
The excitement started early, and did not stop in the first half. Le Toux continued his torrid pace, scoring two goals within the first 15 minutes of play. The first was on a breakaway after a long ball was misplayed by United defender Ethan White, and the second featured a great diagonal ball from Farfan, which was chested down and finished from close range.
In the last eight matches, Le Toux has nine goals. He had only one goal the previous 22 matches.
De Rosario did not want to be outdone. Perhaps the only player in MLS just as hot as Le Toux, he netted his 14th goal on the season on a header off a corner kick. The goal was his fifth in three matches. Najar then scored moments after De Rosario to even up the score at 2-2.
Following the halftime break, Philadelphia came out just like it had in the first half. This time, Farfan provided the quick goal, finishing with a great left-footed shot from the top of the box, and putting the Union up 3-2 in the 57th minute.
"I made a little run, passed it to Roger. I just took it since they gave me a big amount of space. Just took a shot," Farfan said of his winning goal.
D.C. United was never able to return the favor, as its pace slowed down significantly in the second half. Once De Rosario was subbed out shortly after Farfan’s goal, the United offense stalled, coming up with only a few shots on goal.
With the victory, Philadelphia moves ahead of both Houston and Columbus into second place in the Eastern Conference with 43 points, just one point behind leading Sporting Kansas City. It will now travel to Los Angeles to take on Chivas USA this Sunday.
DC United remains just one spot and one point behind New York for the final playoff spot. It will head to Columbus to take on the Columbus Crew this Sunday to continue its run towards a playoff spot.