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            === Maidana helps Union snap lengthy winless streak ===
 Kansas  City, KS  ( -  Cristian Maidana's tally nine minutes
 from  time proved  to be the difference on Wednesday as the Philadelphia Union
 snapped  a nine-match winless run with a 2-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City
 at Sporting Park.
 It's  been a struggle for the Union to produce positive results this season, a
 situation  which has  increased the  pressure on  manager John  Hackworth, but
 after a scoreless first half the Union struck first in the 49th minute.
 Maidana  did  well to  get  around  his mark  and  gallop  the end  line.  His
 strike  from  a tight angle was  parried by Sporting goalkeeper Eric Kronberg,
 but  the rebound came straight to Danny Cruz, who finished it on the slide and
 all the Union players surrounded their manager in a show of unity and support.
 Kansas  City responded  to going  down  a goal  by inserting  top goal  scorer
 Dominic  Dwyer and the move paid dividends in the 80th minute as he ran onto a
 layoff from Paulo Nagamura and ripped it into the top right corner.
 But  less than  a minute later the  Union took the lead again as Andrew Wenger
 found a wide-open Maidana in the box and the Argentine finished with his right
 The  Union faced more adversity in the final minutes as substitute Corben Bone
 was  shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge just moments after his
 But  Philadelphia held  firm to  claim a  massive three  points and  move into
 seventh place in the East with 11 points. Despite the defeat, Sporting remains
 in first place in the East on 17 points.
 05/14 22:42:04 ET

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