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MLS Game Summary - D.C. United at Philadelphia



(Saturday, April 10, 2010)

From The Sports Network

Final Score: Philadelphia 3, D.C. United 2

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Sebastien Le Toux scored a hat trick and the expansion Philadelphia Union won their first-ever MLS match Saturday, 3-2, over D.C. United in their home opener at Lincoln Financial Field.

Le Toux scored two first-half goals, then answered a pair of second-half goals from D.C. with the match-winner in the 80th minute.

Philadelphia (1-1-0), which moves into newly-built PPL Park in Chester, Pa. in June, played without Polish-born coach Peter Nowak on the bench. Nowak did not coach from the sideline following the death of Poland President Lech Kaczynsk and 96 others in a plane crash early Saturday.

"Today was a very sad day for Peter. For him, he had some close friends on the plane crash today, unfortunately. For his culture, he wanted to make sure that he paid his respects the right way," Union assistant John Hackworth said.

The Union dropped their season opener to Seattle Sounders FC, 2-0.

Santino Quaranta and Jaime Moreno scored for winless D.C. (0-3-0), which lost its first two matches under new coach Curt Onalfo without scoring a goal.

"For us, a poor start (to the game). We knew they would bring enormous energy. Obviously, it's the first game for this franchise in the city, so we knew it was going to be an intense first opening part of the game," Onalfo said.

Philadelphia got off to a dream start when Le Toux turned a cross from Roger Torres past D.C. goalie Troy Perkins less than four minutes into the match.

Torres had the initial shot on the play, which Perkins deflected to the right side. The Union's Alejandro Moreno got possession of the ball, slipped a short pass to Torres, and he drove a cross to the top of the six-yard box.

Le Toux ran under the pass and headed home from five yards for the first-ever goal in Union history.

Le Toux, selected in the expansion draft from Seattle Sounders FC, doubled the lead in the 40th minute off an assist from Moreno.

Moreno drove a long pass from the left sideline across the field to Le Toux, who dribbled to the top of the box and picked out the corner from 19 yards.

"I was able to spot Sebastien going down the other (right) side. I wanted to make sure that I got it past the defender," Moreno said. "Once I got it past the defender, Sebastien was going to have a clear road going to the goal and he did very well finishing that opportunity."

Le Toux had a golden chance to complete a hat trick early in the second half but, despite getting in alone on Perkins, was denied near the top of the area.

Quaranta brought United within a goal in the 63rd after Union defender Michael Orozco turned the ball over in his own end. Quaranta picked up the errant pass and send a deflected shot into the bottom-right corner from 24 yards.

Moreno leveled the match in the 70th with his MLS-best 132nd career goal. The veteran lured Philadelphia goalie Chris Seitz into a mistake at the top of the area, then slotted into an empty net. Moreno faked as though he was attempting to kick the ball as Seitz was about to drop-kick it, and the goalie just let the ball fall to the ground just outside the box to Moreno.

Le Toux bailed out his teammate with 10 minutes remaining when he secured his first MLS hat trick. Moreno drew a foul just outside the area that resulted in the ejection of United's Dejan Jakovic, and Le Toux drove the free kick to the left side to beat Perkins for the third time. Le Toux had one goal in 28 games last season.

"As the ball was being played in, I kind of checked for the ball. He (Jakovic) bit on it," Moreno said. "Once the ball was over his head, he turned and grabbed me from behind as I was going to goal."

Perkins, who has made seven appearances for the U.S., has given up nine goals through three matches.

Philadelphia visits Toronto FC on Thursday and D.C. visits the Chicago Fire on April 17.

NOTES: Vice President Joe Biden participated in a pregame ceremonial kickoff.

04/10 21:54:37 ET