Fabrice-Jean Picault scored a pair of first-half targets because the Philadelphia Union cruised to a 5-1 victory Saturday over visiting Minnesota United FC to clinch a berth within the MLS playoffs.
The Union (15-12-5, 50 factors) superior to the playoffs for the second time prior to now three seasons and the third time within the membership’s historical past and likewise moved previous the Columbus Crew, who misplaced earlier Saturday, and into fourth place within the Jap Convention standings.
Minnesota (11-17-Three, 36) noticed its three-match unbeaten streak come to an finish and was formally eradicated from playoff competition. The Loons’ struggles on the street continued as they fell to 1-13-2 away from residence this season.
It was all Philadelphia from the beginning because the Union scored 4 instances within the first half, making a depressing time for Minnesota goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth, who confronted 12 pictures within the opening 45 minutes.
Cory Burke bought the scoring began for Philadelphia within the eighth minute when he beat defender Michael Boxall for a ball on the high of the field and was capable of bend a shot round defender Brent Kalllman and off the precise hand of a diving Shuttleworth. The purpose, assisted by Borek Dockal, was Burke’s ninth of the season.
Captain Alejandro Bedoya scored the second Philadelphia purpose within the 17th minute, redirecting a centering move from Keegan Rosenberry and previous Shuttleworth, who was shifting away from Bedoya’s shot. The purpose was the third of the season for Bedoya, and Dockal additionally drew an assists, giving him an MLS-high 17 this yr.
Picault scored his first purpose within the 23rd minute, taking a move up the center of the sector from Rosenberry and scoring off the precise foot of Shuttleworth.
Picault’s second purpose, and team-leading 10th of the season, got here within the 44th minute as he was capable of bend a shot round defender Jerome Thiesson.
Minnesota scored within the 54th minute when midfielder Darwin Quintero delivered off a give-and-go with Angelo Rodriguez for his 11th purpose of the season.
Substitute Ilsinho capped the scoring for Philadelphia with a purpose from exterior the field within the 80th minute. It was his sixth of the season.