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                 === Union welcome D.C. United to PPL Park ===
 
 Chester, PA  (SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Union face an early-season
 must-win  situation on  Saturday when the club hosts Eastern Conference rivals
 D.C. United at PPL Park.
 
 Philadelphia enters Saturday's clash in desperate need of three points after a
 2-1 loss to Seattle Sounders FC last weekend which extended the club's winless
 run to eight games.
 
 The  Union grabbed the  lead against Seattle after just 14 minutes when a free
 kick from Cristian Maidana hit off the head of Seattle defender Brad Evans and
 flew past goalkeeper Stefan Frei for the 1-0 lead.
 
 But Seattle equalized in the 61st minute when Obafemi Martins was able to beat
 Philadelphia  goalkeeper Zac  MacMath to  a  ball in  the box  from an  Evans'
 header and prod it home from close range.
 
 The  winner came 23 minutes later. Marco Pappa sent a corner kick into the box
 from  the  right where  defender  Chad  Marshall  rose  above the  defense  to
 powerfully head home and extend the Seattle winning run.
 
 The  winless streak matches a club record for Philadelphia, which was set from
 July 29-Sept. 10, 2011 and Aug. 4-Sept. 20, 2012.
 
 "We  have a lot  of guys playing good," Union manager John Hackworth said. "We
 just  continue  to make mistakes at  critical moments. It's a difficult one to
 take because I thought we came and we played well in the first half and we got
 up  a  goal. Even in  the second half,  we had some  chances to get the second
 [goal] and we didn't put those away."
 
 "I  thought we  could  have got  the  win  tonight but  we  got another  loss.
 Disappointment   was  the  feeling  right  after  the  game,  it's  just  very
 frustrating,"  Sebastien Le Toux said. "I thought we played well but a mistake
 here  and  there cost  us the  game. There's  a little  bit of frustration and
 disappointment, but we have to move forward."
 
 D.C.  United  will  look  for  a bounce-back  performance  on  Saturday  after
 suffering a 3-2 loss to the Portland Timbers last week at Providence Park.
 
 United  fell  behind after just  34 seconds  when Darlington Nagbe found Diego
 Valeri on the right flank, and he one-timed a perfectly placed cross to Gaston
 Fernandez.  He  then chipped it into  the air and rounded D.C. goalkeeper Bill
 Hamid, before chipping it over the line with his back to goal.
 
 United  pulled level in the 33rd minute when Davy Arnaud fired it past Donovan
 Ricketts, but Portland went back in front five minutes later through Valeri.
 
 United  drew level  from a  77th-minute corner  kick as  Mamadou Danso  nodded
 inside the left post for an own goal.
 
 But  then Timbers  hit for  the winner  five minutes  into stoppage  time when
 substitute Maximiliano Urruti slammed home his own rebound from a Valeri cross
 from the right flank.
 
 "There was a lot of good in regards to this group. A lot of good," said United
 head coach Ben Olsen. "Today, starting the game wasn't good enough, set pieces
 weren't  good enough  for us, and the  way we managed the game, once again, in
 the end was amateur."
 
 
 05/09 15:40:37 ET

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