Kleberson Saves The Day: Playoff Hopes for Philadelphia Union

By Phil Naegely
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With the season winding down and every game impacting the playoff race, the Philadelphia Union knew they needed three points against Toronto FC at home. Philadelphia pulled off a big win at Sporting Kansas City the week prior, and they came away with another three points thanks to Kleberson‘s free kick.

Toronto came into the game with one intention … spoilers. In the end, they had opportunities to win the game, but Philadelphia bunkered in and kept the clean sheet.

With the crowd on their feet and time ticking away, Philadelphia earned a dangerous free kick from outside the box. Kleberson, of all players, stepped up to take it. If you have been following MLS and the Union much this year, Kleberson has found little playing time due to injury and coach John Hackworth electing to play others over him. However, Kleberson stepped up, struck the ball beautifully, and found the upper 90. As you can see in the video below, the goal sent PPL Park and the Sons of Ben into jubilation and earned the Union a big three points.

With Fabinho earning a red card, which Hackworth thinks is appealable, and defender Sheanon Williams missing next week’s game due to yellow card accumulation, Kleberson could get into the starting XI. It wouldn’t be a horrible idea with the way he stepped up and delivered in the clutch.

For Philadelphia, they earned their second-straight victory and keep themselves above the red line. They currently sit in fifth place, but they are only two points from third pace and two points from being out of the playoff picture. In the short term, they can celebrate the big win and can start preparing for their next match.

Phil Naegely is a soccer writer for Rant Sports. Like him on Facebook, follow on Twitter @PnaegelyRS, and add him on Google.

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