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Daniel Gazdag bags a brace as Union face tough road defeat

October 20, 2021 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Philadelphia Union News Release

St. Paul, MN - The Philadelphia Union battled Minnesota United to a 2-3 loss Wednesday evening at Allianz Field. Despite a road defeat, the Union remain in third place in the Eastern Conference. The Loons took the lead in the 41st minute when Adrien Hunou slipped past the Union defense and squeaked the shot past Andre Blake. Daniel Gazdag brought the Union level in the 45th minute, sending a Jamiro Monteiro assisted ball screaming past the keeper from just inside the box. Gazdag would give the Union a 2-1 lead in the 54th minute, finishing a corner attempt that went off the keeper's hands. The two goals were Gazdag's second and third goals of the season. In the 63rd minute Robin Lod would score an equalizer for the home team just two minutes after coming on the pitch. Just minutes later Franco Fragapane would capitalize on a Union turnover in their own box to make it a 3-2 Minnesota lead in the 67th. Despite Minnesota going down to 10 men in the 77th minute and the Union generating good chances, Philadelphia were not able to find the late match equalizer.

The Union are back at home at Subaru Park Saturday evening where they will host Nashville. (7:30 p.m. ET / PHL17).

Philadelphia Union 2 - Minnesota United 3

Allianz Field (St. Paul, Minnesota)

Wednesday, October 20, 2021


Referee: Allen Chapman

Assistant Referees: Jason White, Claudiu Badea

Fourth Official: Chris Ruska

VAR: Edvin Jurisevic

Ast. VAR: Gianni Facchini

Weather: 54 degrees and showers.


MIN - Adrien Hunou (Fragapane) 41'

PHI - Daniel Gazdag (Monteiro) 45'

PHI - Daniel Gazdag (unassisted) 54'

MIN - Robin Lod (Reynoso) 63'

MIN - Franco Fragapane (unassisted) 67'


PHI - Olivier Mbaizo (Caution) 5'

MIN - Romain Metanire (Ejection) 77'

PHI - Kai Wagner (Caution) 78'

PHI - Jose Martinez (Caution) 83'

MIN - Emanuel Reynoso (Caution) 83'


Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Kai Wagner, Jack Elliott, Jakob Glesnes, Olivier Mbaizo (Anthony Fontana 89'); Leon Flach (Jack McGlynn 73'), Jose Martinez (Paxten Aaronson 84'), Alejandro Bedoya; Jamiro Monteiro, Daniel Gazdag; Kacper Przybylko.

Substitutes not used: Matt Freese; Nathan Harriel, Stuart Findlay, Jesus Bueno, Quinn Sullivan, Matheus Davo.

Minnesota United: Tyler Miller; Chase Gasper, Bakaye Dibassy, Michael Boxall, Romain Metanire; Hassani Dotson, Wil Trapp; Franco Fragapane (Joseph Rosales 87'), Emanuel Reynoso (Fanendo Adi 87'), Ethan Finlay (Robin Lod 61'); Adrien Hunou (Osvaldo Alonso 74').

Substitutes not used: Dayne St. Clair, Brent Kallman, Jukka Raitala, Niko Hansen, Jan Gregus.


Head Coach Jim Curtin made three changes to the starting 11 from the Union's draw at Montreal.

Daniel Gazdag scored his second and third goals of the MLS season.

Jamiro Monteiro notched his team leading sixth assist of the MLS season.

Leon Flach earned his 30th career MLS appearance for Philadelphia.

The Union are back at home at Subaru Park Saturday evening where they will host Nashville. (7:30 p.m. ET / PHL17).

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