31 Jul Philadelphia Union vs. Sporting Kansas Metropolis – Football Match Report – July 30, 2020
Sergio Santos scored twice for the second time in MLS competitors and likewise added an help, and the Philadelphia Union held on for a 3-1 victory over Sporting Kansas Metropolis of their MLS is Again Match quarterfinal on Thursday evening close to Orlando, Fla.
Jamiro Monteiro additionally scored early for Philadelphia, which reached its tournament-high of three objectives throughout a 15-minute stretch earlier than halftime. Santos’ multi-goal recreation was his first since Might 4, 2019, again in his first MLS common season.
Goalkeeper Andre Blake made six saves to ensure the Union moved on to the semifinals, the place they may face the winner of Saturday’s quarterfinal between New York Metropolis FC and the Portland Timbers.
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Alan Pulido pulled a objective again for Kansas Metropolis, which exits the event having scored one objective within the knockout part after discovering the online six instances within the group stage.
Pulido, a prized offseason acquisition from Chivas of Guadalajara, finishes the event with two objectives, and leads SKC with 4 in all competitions in 2020.
In the meantime, Santos has objectives in back-to-back aggressive video games for the primary time in his Union profession after additionally scoring the winner in Philadelphia’s 1-Zero victory over Orlando within the spherical of 16.
This time, his objectives got here after his facet had been already in entrance.
The primary one stood up because the matchwinner, coming within the 26th minute and two minutes after Monteiro put the Union in entrance.
After Philadelphia cleared a nook kick in its defensive finish, Kansas Metropolis defender Luis Martins tried to maintain the second part of the assault alive however as a substitute mis-hit the ball again towards the middle circle.
Santos was first to it, racing behind his man to create a breakaway, after which whereas nonetheless charging towards the objective he chipped a fragile end over charging goalkeeper Tim Melia.
His second got here 13 minutes later via extra typical attacking play. Brenden Aaronson took a go from Alejandro Bedoya and noticed Santos sprinting into the left facet of the penalty space with a slick diagonal go. Santos completed low and laborious previous Melia to place the Union up three.
Pulido related with Johnny Russell to reply within the first minute of first-half stoppage time, however Kansas Metropolis could not discover one other to make their comeback hopes extra lifelike.