U.S. Open Cup: Zac MacMath Saves Unions Effort

Zac MacMathPhiladelphia Union starting goalkeeper Zac MacMath saved two PK’s (Penalty Kicks) against FC Dallas to take the Union to the U.S. Open Cup Finals, winning 1(4)-1(3) over Dallas. The Union will host the winner of tonight’s matchup between Seattle Sounders and Chicago Fire.

The match continued for 120 minutes, 90 of regulation and 30 minutes extra time, before MacMath was positioned to make two huge saves to send the Union to the club’s first-ever championship game.

MacMath has proven he can stand in between the posts and keep goals out of the back of the net, stopping MLS MVP Mike Magee in the final seconds of a tie game, the standout save amongst three other PK saves this season.

Amobi Okugo opened the score card in the 47th minute of the game from a Vincent Nogueira free kick that landed on his foot, from a Sebastien Le Toux pass.

A breakaway from midfield set up by Blas Perez gave Fabian Castillo the chance to tie in the 81st minute due to MacMath coming too far off his line and being beaten to the ball.

FC Dallas has been riddled with injuries all year long, and this game proved no different, making two injury related substitutions at halftime for Adam Moffat and Mauro Diaz. Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman was injured in the first half.

The injuries contributed to a highly disorganized back line for the remainder of the match and disallowed Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja to make strategical substitutions as opposed to health related substitutions.

“We emptied ourselves, the players did,” Pareja said. “That is something I’m really proud of. They left everything on the field.”

MacMath helps makes club history, yet is still set to be replaced by newly signed World Cup veteran Rais Mbolhi. The Union will take host the U.S. Open Cup Championship game Tuesday, September 16th.

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