U.S. Soccer

Philadelphia Union vs. Harrisburg City Islanders

REPLAY | 3-1 | Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.
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Philadelphia Union (M.L.S.) 3, Harrisburg City Islanders (USL) 1
After the early going was devoid of chances, the Philadelphia Union broke through in the 18th minute. A build-up down the right flank between Keegan Rosenberry, Marcus Epps and Jay Simpson led to the latter laying a ball back to U.S. youth international Derrick Jones. The Union midfielder took a first-time hit from 25 yards that took a bounce before sneaking inside the right post to give the Union a 1-0 lead. Philadelphia doubled the advantage in the 33rd minute when Roland Alberg intercepted a pass in midfield and quickly pushed towards goal. The Dutchman laid off for Simpson at the top of the box, who danced around the area before finding C.J. Sapong on the right, where the forward swung his effort past Harrisburg goalkeeper Sean Lewis and inside the left post.

Perhaps the Union felt too confident after their first-half double, as Harrisburg pulled themselves back into the game with a well-worked team goal just before halftime. Winning the ball at the back, Shawn McLaws drove his side forward before playing a dangerous ball into the box for Paul Wilson. Entering the area on the right, Wilson quickly centered for Jonathan Mendoza, who smashed his effort past Jon McCarthy in the 37th minute. Harrisburg’s comeback was short-lived though as Philadelphia restored its two-goal lead two minutes into the second half. Haris Medunjanin played a nice through ball up the right for Marcus Epps who used his speed to outpace his marker, cut inside the box and slot past Lewis, icing the game in the process. With the victory, Philadelphia extends its winning streak in their opening match of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup to six games, dating back to 2012. 

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