MLS Cup Playoffs: Philadelphia Union Drop First Leg To Houston Dynamo 2-1

The Philadelphia Union played host to the Houston Dynamo today at PPL Park for the first leg of the MLS Cup Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. In front of the 18,539 strong crowd, the Houston Dynamo outscored the Union two goals to one in an incredibly emotional game.

The Union entered the game with a 2-0-2 record against the Dynamo. Playing a five man back line, the Union hoped to stop the Houston offense. Despite this decision, the Dynamo were able to draw blood first with a beautiful set piece orchestrated by league assist leader Brad Davis was converted by Andre Hainault

The Union were quick to recover behind Sebastian Le Toux, the team's leading goal scorer, in the very next minute of play. The tie was not meant to be as the Dynamo retook the lead in the 30th minute when Calen Carr put a shot past Union keeper Faryd Mondragon

The Union tried to stage a comeback, constantly threatening. Unfortunately, they were never able to put a ball past Tally Hall. Four Union players picked up yellow cards including Stefani Miglioranzi and Sheanon Williams. There was a small shoving match in the 40th minute as well. 

The second leg of the semi-finals takes place on November 3rd at Robertson Stadium at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

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