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Union takes Supporter Shield lead with win over Orlando City SC

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Philadelphia Union are capitalizing on the LAFC’s struggles. The Union now have 3 points in hand on LAFC for the 2022 Supporters Shield.

The Union defeated Orlando City SC on Saturday night at Subaru Park. The Union won 5-1.

Olivier Mbazio celebrates his first MLS goal (Photo by the Philadelphia Union)

Both teams came into Saturday’s contest with 60 points. However, with a loss to FC Dallas, LAFC did not register any points, while the Union did.

LAFC is now 1-4 in their last five games. At the same time, the Union are 5-0 in those games.

Despite the losing, LAFC has one game in hand. They have four games left, while the Union have 3.

The Union has outscored their opponents 7-1 in the past two games this month.

An unlikely scorer opened the floodgates for the Union. Olivier Mbazio kicked the ball then it went off of an Orlando defender, who deflected it into the air and into the net.

This was Mbazio’s first career goal dating back to his Union debut in 2018.

While Mbazio was an unlikely scorer, the Union’s leading scorer Daniel Gazdag struck again. He scored on a penalty kick.

The Orlando City goalie Mason Stujduhar went after the ball in the box against the Union player. The referee then called for a penalty.

This was Gazdag’s sixth straight home game with a goal. He is also the first Union player with a goal in five straight games.

Mikael Uhre, Alejandro Bedoya, and Jack Elliott also scored.

Bedoya departed the game due to an injury late in the contest. After hitting in the goal, he appeared to have suffered a groin or hamstring injury, according to the TV.

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Orlando City SC was only able to muster one goal, as Andres Perea scored.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 11 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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