Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Union top D.C. United to reach US Open Cup quarters

Boyds, Md. (June 5, 2012) – Rookie Antoine Hoppenot played hero on Tuesday night, scoring in the 93rd minute to send Philadelphia Union past D.C. United 2-1 at the Maryland SoccerPlex and into the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Philadelphia will host affiliate partner the Harrisburg City Islanders, 3-1 winners over the NY Red Bulls earlier tonight, at PPL Park on June 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET.  Tickets will go on sale via tomorrow.

Entering the game in the 80th minute, Hoppenot scored the game-winner in just the second minute of overtime when Emiliano Dudar failed to clear Freddy Adu’s through ball. The Union rookie collected the loose ball and blasted a shot from about 12 yards out past D.C. goalkeeper Bill Hamid.

Brian Carroll got the Union on the board first in the 46th minute, launching a left footed shot towards goal that took a deflection past Hamid for the 1-0 Union lead.  The lead would not last long, however, as D.C. equalized almost immediately.  Andy Najar’s cross from the right found Nick DeLeon at the far post, and the midfielder headed back across the goal for veteran Josh Wolff to volley home.

The match closed with a scuffle in the second extra time that saw United defender Brandon McDonald and Union defender Carlos Valdés pick up red cards.  Valdes will serve an automatic one game suspension and will not be available for the Union’s quarterfinal match against the Harrisburg City Islanders.

Scoring Summary:

PHL: Brian Carroll ‘46
DC: Josh Wolff (Nick DeLeon) ‘46
PHL: Antoine Hoppenot (Freddy Adu) ‘93

Misconduct Summary:
DC: McDonald Yellow ‘13
DC: Dudar Yellow ‘27
PHI: Valdes Yellow ‘55
PHI: Martinez Yellow ‘64
PHI: M. Farfan Yellow ‘82
DC: McDonald Red ‘112
PHI: Valdes Red ‘112
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