Sporting KC  0-1 Philadelphia Union

In front of a 32nd consecutive sell out crow in Kansas City, Union grabbed a crucial win in playoff race. 

Peter Vermes – Manager, Sporting KC

Thoughts on the match…
We dominated the game in all aspects.  At the end of the day, we had a lot of chances around the goal. We had a lot of looks and a lot of opportunities, but zero goals, which is the biggest thing. At the end of the day we just need to score. Sometimes a team is going to get a goal on you, but with the number of chances we had, we had to score and that’s on the attack today. Our heart was there, and our determination was there, we just weren’t clinical around the goal.

Thoughts on the attack…
It’s never easy when you play well and you have so many chances and don’t score. At the same time, the performance overall is very good except that we didn’t put the ball in the back of the net. We have to take responsibility for it. There were to many chances not to stick it in the back of the net. I credit their goalkeeper, he made two or three good saves, but we still were in or around the goal too much that we should have stuck one away.

Thoughts on the refereeing…
It’s amazing to me how the game isn’t managed from a delay perspective. At some point the referee has to take care of that and I don’t understand how every time they come into this building with a full stadium it isn’t taken care of.

John Hackworth – Manager, Philadelphia Union

Thoughts on the match…
We came here and got a result. It wasn’t the prettiest of games for us. You have to give Sporting Kansas City a lot of credit. Peter Vermes has them playing very well. You saw our fight tonight and the way we were tough and resilient all the way through the match.

On Zac MacMath’s performance
He was really good. He controlled the box and made a couple key saves. He really kept us in the game.

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