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Highlights and context: Philadelphia stuns L.A. Galaxy

Jul 5, 2012, 9:53 AM EDT

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You know it’s a big news night when a potentially damaging LA. Galaxy loss at home gets drowned out by the clatter of other big talkers.

Yes, ‘tis true. Lost amid the Frank Lampard hullabaloo, and obscured somewhat by Omar Gonzalez’s remarkably quick return from major knee surgery, was the result itself. The Philadelphia Union left town with all three points, while a tough week for the Galaxy just got a lot more difficult.

Wednesday’s activity at the Home Depot Center included a slew of missed opportunities for the Galaxy and a wonderfully cheeky goal from young striker Jack McInerney. The Union’s 2-1 win also had two huge moments from Union midfielder Michael Farfan (pictured), whose strong wing work created the first goal. Later, Farfan’s stoppage time game-winner, abetted by more of the back line sloppiness that’s been endemic for the Galaxy all year, was a swell little finish.

Said Galaxy manager Bruce Arena: “This is another game where there’s nowhere else to look but inside our locker room. We have people in position to get us results and we don’t get it done.”

Before you check out the goals, consider this: The Union is 3-2 over two competitions under new manager John Hackworth. Having a say in the playoff race would take a mighty push over the coming weeks, but it’s not impossible.

Full match highlights are here:


  1. mkbryant3 - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    That Farfan kid is the anti-meh.

  2. Steve Davis - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    He certainly is. Climbing my “underrated” list, in fact.

  3. firewolf777 - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    They played a counter which is rare for them. I like our young guns coming in and proving themselves. Pajoy played decent which is ok off the bench. Carroll playe sloppy. But the defense stepped up and helped macmath many teams, but macmath saved them many times too. I’m proud of my boys last night we needed the points.

  4. tackledummy1505 - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Pajoy played like crap. Other than that back heel pass, he had made less than 50% of his passes, had no takeaways, had 2 turnovers, and was irrelevant again until Marfan made him look good.

  5. richiethek - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    What a wonder the “Hack”ing of
    Nowak has been for the U. They have been a pleasure to watch since this move was made. And, Hackworth’s substitutions last night were nothing short of brilliant. Finally, a vote for both McInerny and Hoppenot to the anti-meh list.

  6. tackledummy1505 - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    If you look at the last goal, it was a pass from overrated to underrated who scored the goal. Worst 3 players for the Union- S. Williams, Gomez, and Pajoy. Best 3 Union players- McInerny, MacMath, and Valdes.

  7. firewolf777 - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Gomez is not bad he is an upgrade over Carroll if he starts. Pajoy has not been amazing but he has played ok. Better last night than his usual nights. Williams first game back and he’s still one of the best coming up at his position.

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