Philadephia Union win first ever home game 3-2 over DC United
So tonight I attended the first ever Philadelphia Union home game and it was quite the good time. This game was played at Lincoln Financial field as they await the new stadium to be finished in Chester. Vice President Joe Biden was in attendance and this proved to be more of a pain than anyone anticipated. His arrival meant metal detectors at every gate and caused a large majority of fans, myself included, to miss the first even Union goal by Sebastian Le Toux, while waiting in line. Le Toux would add a second goal right before the half and the stadium was rocking. Well, at least half rocking. Despite a paid attendance of over 34,000, the stadium looked half empty and it starts to make a little more sense as to why the Union would play their home games in Chester, in a stadium built exclusively for soccer. While some of the good things about MLS were present such as easy games to get tickets to and a fun atmosphere, the 2 goals scored by DC United showcased what is also bad about the MLS: poor technical soccer. The first goal was scored when a lazy pass from Cristian Arrieta was basically put onto the foot of an oncoming United player and buried by National team hopeful Santino Quaranta. The second goal allowed was even more egregious. With the ball safely in his hands, the Union goalkeeper allowed himself to be intimidated on a punt and whiffed on his attempt leading to an easy equalizer by 36 year old Jaime Moreno. Only the heroics of Le Toux's hat trick off a low, perfectly placed free kick would save the day.