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Union vs Sporting KC quick reference

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All-time record: 1–1–3
At PPL Park: 1–0–2
At Livestrong Sporting Park/CommunityAmerica Ballpark: 0–1–1
Goals for: 6
Goals against: 4

Did you know…

The Union’s four goals in their last league meeting with KC was double the number of goals they had scored against Kansas City in four previous meetings (2).

June 23, 2012: Philadelphia Union 4 – 0 Sporting KC

PSP Match Report Highlights

“Entering Saturday night’s contest against Sporting Kansas City at PPL Park, the lingering questions around the Union camp focused on the team’s poor finishing. Sixty-two seconds into the match, those concerns were answered. Jack McInerney pounded home a loose ball for his first of two goals on the night, firing the Union to a 4-0 win over Sporting Kansas City.”

“With the match stretched, super sub Antoine Hoppenot repeatedly burst in behind the Kansas City defense, first earning a penalty for Pajoy to convert and finally notching a tally of his own in the dying moments of the match.”

PSP Player Ratings and Analysis Highlights

“After showing his ability to stretch defenses and get in behind against DC, Jack McInerney finally did the thing that all strikers must do: He scored. Both goals came from that instinctual place every striker must have: To read play and arrive at the right time, ready to pounce.”

“In Amobi Okugo, the Union have a player with the speed, technique and vision to ably partner with Valdes, leaving William to maraud on the flanks when healthy”

Link to MLS Match Center 

Scoring Summary

2 – PHI: McInerney (Pajoy)
43 – PHI: McInerney (Valdes)
81 – PHI: Pajoy (PK)
87 – PHI: Hoppenot (M. Farfan)

Discipline Summary

17 – PHI: Carroll (caution)
22 – SKC: Cesar (caution)
25 – PHI: Gaddis (caution)
63 – PHI: Lahoud (caution)
80 – SKC: Collin (caution)


Terry Vaughn

Line Ups:

Union: Zac MacMath; Raymon Gaddis, Amobi Okugo, Carlos Valdes, Gabriel Farfan; Michael Farfan, Brian Carroll, Michael Lahoud; Freddy Adu (Antoine Hoppenot ’59), Jack McInerney (Keon Daniel ’73), Lionard Pajoy

Unused Substitutes: Chris Konopka, Porfirio Lopez, Josue Martinez, Jorge Perlaza, Roger Torres

Sporting KC: Jimmy Nielsen; Chance Myers, Aurelien Collin, Lawrence Olum, Seth Sinovic; Julio Cesar (Michael Thomas ’64), Graham Zusi, Roger Espinoza (Jacob Peterson ’84) ; CJ Sapong (Soony Saad ’74), Teal Bunbury, Kei Kamara

Unused Substitutes: Eric Kronberg, Michael Harrington, Konrad Warzycha, Peterson Joseph

September 23, 2011: Sporting KC 1 – 1 Philadelphia Union

PSP Match Report Highlights

“‘And I applaud the team because there was a lot of heart, even in a very difficult situation, a very physical game, they did the job done so it’s a very positive sign especially being behind and then also the young group we have.’ Well said, Peter Nowak.”

“Sebastien Le Toux scored his seventh goal in seven games and the Philadelphia Union earned a valuable away point Friday night in a 1-1 draw against Sporting Kansas City.”

PSP Player Ratings and Analysis Highlights

“In a year that has seen the Union jettison their only left back, play Seba Le Toux on the wing, put Freddy Adu and Roger Torres all over the pitch, and move their starting right back inside rather than using their reserve center back, it only makes sense that the solution to the team’s problems would be playing someone out of position.”

“Nowak named Kyle Nakazawa the starter at right back, a move that would have been surprising if it wasn’t exactly the type of thing we have come to expect in our starting lineups.”

Link to MLS Match Center for Stats, Chalkboard and more. 

Scoring Summary: 
KC — Omar Bravo 9 (Kei Kamara 4) 56
PHI — Sebastien Le Toux 8 (Michael Farfan 2) 63

Misconduct Summary:
PHI — Carlos Valdes (caution; Reckless Foul) 60

Philadelphia Union —
 Zac MacMath, Carlos Valdes, Danny Califf, Gabriel Farfan, Kyle Nakazawa (Zach Pfeffer 62), Roger Torres (Stefani Miglioranzi 72), Amobi Okugo, Brian Carroll, Michael Farfan, Sebastien Le Toux, Veljko Paunovic (Jack McInerney 56).
Substitutes Not Used: Morgan Langley, Ryan Richter, Joe Tait, Karry Harrison.

Sporting KC — Jimmy Nielsen, Chance Myers, Julio Cesar, Matt Besler, Seth Sinovic, Kei Kamara, Roger Espinoza, Graham Zusi, Jeferson (Aurelien Collin 46), Omar Bravo (Soony Saad 89), Teal Bunbury (C.J. Sapong 62).
Substitutes Not Used: Davy Arnaud, Michael Harrington, Peterson Joseph, Eric Kronberg.

Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Referee’s Assistants: -Fabio Tovar; George Gansner
4th Official: Juan Guzman
Time of Game: 1:52
Weather: Sunny-and-71-degrees
Attendance: 18,778

June 22, 2011: Philadelphia Union 0 – 0 Sporting KC

PSP Match Report Highlights

“Call it an episode of Chester Shore. Shots shots shots-shots-shots. But not much game.”

“Kansas City straight-subbed CJ Sapong in for Teal Bunbury at halftime in a move that dispelled any rumors of the visiting side venturing anywhere near the Philly final third.”

PSP Photo Essay

Link to MLS Match Center for Stats, Chalkboard and more. 

Scoring Summary: 


Misconduct Summary:
KC — Julio Cesar (caution; Reckless Tackle) 28
PHI — Veljiko Paunovic (caution; Simulation) 31
KC — Jimmy Nielsen (caution; Delaying a Restart) 92+


Sporting KC — Jimmy Nielsen, Chance Myers, Julio Cesar, Matt Besler, Seth Sinovic, Kei Kamara, Luke Sassano, Davy Arnaud, Birahim Diop (Stephane Auvray 72), Omar Bravo (Michael Harrington 63), Teal Bunbury (C.J. Sapong 46).
Substitutes Not Used: Korede Aiyegbusi, Milos Stojcev, Shavar Thomas, Eric Kronberg.

Philadelphia Union — Faryd Mondragon, Sheanon Williams, Danny Califf, Carlos Valdes, Jordan Harvey, Justin Mapp (Roger Torres 78), Brian Carroll, Jack McInerney (Keon Daniel 59), Veljiko Paunovic (Amobi Okugo 65), Sebastien Le Toux, Carlos Ruiz.
Substitutes Not Used: Michael Farfan, Juan Diego Gonzalez, Stefani Miglioranzi, Zac MacMath.

Referee: Terry Vaughn
Referee’s Assistants:  Greg Barkey; Jason Cullum
4th Official: Jose Carlos Rivero
Time of Game: 1:50
Weather: Partly Cloudy and 80 degrees
Attendance: 18,127

September 4, 2010: Philadelphia Union 1 – 1  Kansas City Wizards

PSP Match Report Highlights

“Once again, a major gaffe by Chris Seitz kept the Union from a clean sheet and a much needed victory as they drew 1-1 with Kansas City.”

“…Danny Arnaud’s free kick from the corner of the 18 yard box swung over Seitz’s head and into the upper corner. The goal sucked the life out of the Union, and a 2nd goal seemed out of reach even after the introductions of Jack McInerny and Alejandro Moreno.”

PSP Photo Essay

Scoring Summary:

PHI — Sebastien Le Toux 10 (Danny Mwanga 4) 33
KC — Davy Arnaud 4 (unassisted) 69

Misconduct Summary:

KC — Roger Espinoza (caution; Reckless Foul) 64
PHI — Michael Orozco Fiscal (caution; Reckless Foul) 71

Kansas City Wizards — Jimmy Nielsen, Michael Harrington, Jimmy Conrad, Shavar Thomas (Jonathan Leathers 65), Roger Espinoza, Davy Arnaud, Craig Rocastle, Teal Bunbury, Stephane Auvray (Josh Wolff 61), Ryan Smith, Birahim Diop (Jack Jewsbury 74).

Substitutes Not Used: Korede Aiyegbusi, Matt Besler, Graham Zusi, Eric Kronberg.

Philadelphia Union — Chris Seitz, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Danny Califf, Juan Diego Gonzalez, Jordan Harvey, Andrew Jacobson (Jack McInerney 73), Stefani Miglioranzi (Roger Torres 46), Amobi Okugo, Justin Mapp (Alejandro Moreno 82), Danny Mwanga, Sebastien Le Toux.

Substitutes Not Used: Cristian Arrieta, Kyle Nakazawa, Brad Knighton, Sheanon Williams.

Referee: Ramon Hernandez
Referee’s Assistants: Cameron Blair; Thomas Supple
4th Official: Jeff Gontarek
Time of Game: 1:50
Weather: Clear and 85 degrees
Attendance: 17,182

June 10, 2010 Kansas City Wizards 2 – 0 Philadelphia Union

PSP Match Report Highlights

“Philadelphia Union lost 2-0 to Kansas City on Thursday night in the final match of a long road stretch that saw the expansion club play nine of their first 11 games away from home.”

“Center back Michael Orozco was sent off in the 42nd minute with his second yellow card on a tackle from behind, and that essentially sealed the fate of the Union, who were already down 2-0 at that point.”

Scoring Summary:

KC — Kei Kamara 6 (Davy Arnaud 2, Ryan Smith 4) 9’
KC — Graham Zusi 1 (Ryan Smith 5) 35’

Misconduct Summary:

PHI — Michael Orozco (caution; Reckless Foul) 26’
KC — Jack Jewsbury (caution; Reckless Tackle) 28’
PHI — Michael Orozco (caution; Reckless Tackle) 42’
PHI — Michael Orozco (ejection; Second Caution) 42’
KC — Josh Wolff (caution; Reckless Foul) 52’
PHI — Cristian Arrieta (caution; Reckless Tackle) 74’
KC — Michael Harrington (caution; Reckless Foul) 78’


Philadelphia Union — Chris Seitz, Shea Salinas (Andrew Jacobson 65), Danny Califf, Michael Orozco, Jordan Harvey, Sebastien Le Toux, Stefani Miglioranzi, Amobi Okugo (Roger Torres 60), Fred, Alejandro Moreno, Danny Mwanga (Cristian Arrieta 43). Substitutes Not Used: Shavar Thomas, Jack McInerney, Kyle Nakazawa, Brad Knighton.

Kansas City Wizards — Jimmy Nielsen, Chance Myers, Jimmy Conrad, Pablo Escobar (Matt Besler 10) (Jonathan Leathers 68), Michael Harrington, Davy Arnaud, Jack Jewsbury, Josh Wolff, Graham Zusi, Ryan Smith (Korede Aiyegbusi 53), Kei Kamara. Substitutes Not Used: Birahim Diop, Santiago Hirsig, Teal Bunbury, Eric Kronberg.

Referee: Alex Prus
Referee’s Assistants:
 Adam Wienckowski; Brian Poeschel
4th Official:
 Landis Wiley
 Partly Cloudy and 81 degrees

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