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Philadelphia Union eliminated from U.S. Open Cup after giving up one of the worst goals in franchise history

Jun 13, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

The Philadelphia Union are no longer playing in the U.S. Open Cup (no, not that golf tournament going on in Merion right now; the 100-year-old knockout soccer tournament that takes place during the MLS season).

To see why the Philadelphia Union are no longer playing in the U.S. Open Cup, go to the 0:52 mark of the video above and watch the lowlight of one of the worst goals the team has ever given up.

It happened late in last night’s fourth-round U.S. Open Cup match against rival D.C. United. With the Union trying to wage a comeback (a little bit earlier, Jack McInerney did what he does and scored a goal to slice D.C.’s lead to 2-1), goalie Zac MacMath came way off his line to play a ball along the sideline. He then made a short pass to center back Jeff Parke, which D.C. United’s Dwayne De Rosario noticed was “a little spicy.” De Rosario, one of the best players in MLS history, then booked it from about 40 yards away, jumped on a terrible first touch from Parke and one-timed a shot from close to midfield into a net abandoned by MacMath.

Yes, it was essentially an empty-net goal … in soccer. And it not only gave De Rosario a well-deserved hat trick but also sealed a 3-1 win for D.C. United and a trip to the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals. The Union, meanwhile, will bow out of a historic tournament they place a lot of value in and miss out on a chance to hoist the fourth-year franchise’s first-ever trophy.

You can also watch De Rosario’s other two goals in the video, which put the hosts up 2-0. And to get a sense of what Union manager John Hackworth thought about the loss, here’s what he told reporters when asked about the Union’s very slow start to the game.

“It’s unacceptable. I don’t understand it. I don’t get it. It’s unacceptable.”

So you’re saying it’s not acceptable?

Dave Zeitlin covers the Union for MLSsoccer.com, CSNPhilly.com and The 700 Level.

  1. db21 - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Where were they playing? A high school?

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  2. OneManWolfpack - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    It was at the SoccerPlex in Maryland. DC plays their US Open Cup games there. The Union beat them last year at that place. In regards to the goal… that was a total disgrace. It looked like 8 year olds playing last night. Embarrassing. DC has scored 9 goals in 16 games this year… they are last in MLS… 5 of those 9 have come against the U. Awful.

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  3. philsoc8 - Jun 13, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Zach MacMath has a hold on the GK position akin to Ryan Howard’s clutch on the cleanup spot. But Ryan has a World Series ring, MVP trophy, all-star accolades.

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  4. Abe Simpson - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Dear Mr. President, there are too many sporting events named the US Open. Please remove 2 of them.

    PS. I am not a crackpot.

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