Los Angeles Soccer: Veljko Paunovic

CHIVAS USA: Not sunny in Philadelphia

June, 26, 2011
Chivas USA was just to tonic the struggling Philadelphia Union needed: The burgeoning Eastern Conference power claimed its first victory in a month Saturday, rallying from a first-half deficit in a 3-1 decision in Chester, Pa.

Danny Mwanga's superb finish in the 82nd minute, just five minutes after Justin Braun pulled Chivas even, lifted the Union, who dominated the action and might have scored a half-dozen goals or more if not for the woodwork, two saves on the goal line and a high defensive line that led to nine offside calls.

Michael Umaņa's first MLS goal, the third header in a sequence after Philly goalkeeper Fayed Mondragon punched away a corner kick, provided a 28th-minute lead, but the Goats struggled to keep the ball and -- recurring theme here -- created few chances.

Veljko Paunovic and Carlos Ruiz scored goals for Philadelphia, which would have poured in more if not for Dan Kennedy in the nets, clearances off the goal line by Paulo Nagamura and Andy Boyens, and a deflected Ruiz shot that caromed off the top of the left post.

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