Philadelphia Union just can’t stop scoring goals right now.
On Saturday, Philly hammered Colorado Rapids 6-0 in Pennsylvania; Dániel Gazdag bagging a hat-trick, while Julián Carranza, Cory Burke and Matthew Real also netted.
This is the fourth time the Union have won an MLS game by 6+ goals in 2022, setting a new single-season record.
Also, they’ve now scored a whopping 23 goals in their last five matches at Subaru Park, another new MLS record.
All of this leaves Jim Curtin’s team five points clear at the top of the east, just three adrift LAFC it the race for the Supporters’ Shield.
So, Atlanta United be warned, Chester isn’t a particularly fun place to visit right now.
The Five Stripes did at least claim a rare victory on Sunday, beating D.C. United 3-2 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
All five goals came in the second 45, with Alan Franco, Josef Martínez and Juan Sánchez Purata nodding home for the hosts, the first time an MLS club has scored 3+ header in the same game.
Martínez personally has now scored eight times against D.C. United, the joint-most against a single opponent.
Nevertheless, Gonzalo Pineda’s team remain 11th in the east, three points below the play-off line, with their last road victory coming in Washington on 2 April.
So, anything other than an emphatic Philadelphia win would be a major surprise.