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MLS Preview: D. C. United (4-5-3) at Philadelphia Union (5-4-2)

The Philadelphia Union won their two matches against D.C. United by a total score of 13-0 last season. The 13 goals scored and the plus – 13 goal difference are both the best in any two-match span against a single opponent in MLS history.

The Philadelphia Union fell behind on a penalty kick before answering with two goals in the team’s 2-1 road win over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday. It was the third time Philadelphia has conceded a penalty kick this season (tied for most in the league) but the team had lost the previous two games when doing so.

D. C. United conceded first in its 1-1 draw with Nashville SC, the 27th time the team has allowed the first goal in a regular season match since the beginning of 2022. That is tied for the most such games in that time (Inter Miami FC, Toronto FC) with Saturday being just the sixth time D. C. United earned points in those games (W2 D4 L21).

Julian Carranza scored hat-tricks in both of the Philadelphia Union’s wins over D. C. United last season, becoming the second player to score two hat-tricks against a single opponent in a single season (Cobi Jones vs Colorado Rapids in 1998). No other player has ever scored three hat-ticks against a single opponent in MLS history.

Theodore Ku-Dipetro’s tying goal in the 83rd minute against Nashville SC was D. C. United’s seventh goal in the 80th minute or later this season. That is the most such goals in MLS this season and equals their total from all of last season.

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