Union one-ups Dynamo; maintain Eastern Conference lead

Sunday, August 11 was an absolutely gorgeous day for sports here on the East Coast, and over 18,500 other people agreed as they filled the stands to watch the Philadelphia Union play against the Houston Dynamo. The game was a sellout!

Kacper Przybylko scored his 11th goal of the season off an assist from Haris Medunjanin, who now has three assists in the last two games. After his goal, Przybylko ran to the sideline to grab a shirt with a teammate’s number on the back. Typically this is done when showing respect for an injured player, but this time was different. He grabbed a shirt which said, “O Captain! My Captain!” and held it up in respect of the team’s captain Alejandro Bedoya.

What’s in a name?

Right before the end of the first half, Houston’s Christian Ramirez kicked one past Andre Blake. Two of his teammates, DaMarcus Beasley and Memo Rodríguez helped with assists to make that happen. Yes, I am highly amused by their names: Beasely and Memo. No, I am not making fun, I’m simply amused. I’d love to be the announcer during the games when they are killing it out on the field. But not really, because I’m a Union fan, sorry Beasley, sorry Memo.

I digress, moving on.

Jack ElliotUnion seemed out of steam

Jack Elliot scored the second and final goal for the Union at the 78 minute marker. This was his second goal of the season. It came at a critical moment in the game, because the team was looking worn out. Houston’s Ramirez had them running all over the place and looking less confident. I think this is a Philly thing. I feel like when Philly teams are doing really well, they end up losing some steam until something knocks them back on their ass and wakes them up. #IMO

Thanks to Elliot, the Union earned three points in the conference standings and another week on top of the East.

Also, did anyone see Marco Fabián jump up off the ground like a Great White Shark out of water right around the 40-minute mark? It was amaze balls. He has played in the last eight consecutive games, most of them for more than half of the game. Yet still, he can get his right foot up in the air a good six feet. Craziness.

The Union return to action next weekend in Chicago on Saturday, August 17 vs. Chicago Fire (8:00 p.m. ET / PHL17).

Before I sign off, though, can we just talk about Orange County’s latest contract sign?

Youngest Player in US History

In other soccer news, from across the country, Francis Jacobs has just signed a deal with the Orange County Soccer Club, a Division II Professional League. Why is this news? Jacobs is ONLY 14-YEARS-OLD! Holy mackenzie!

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