A four goal performance from Chandler Hoffman fueled a 6-0 Union victory over D.C. United in a reserve league match Tuesday at PPL Park. The Union tallied their first in the 15th minute; after Hoffman took a ball played in by midfielder Roger Torres and slotted it past United goalkeeper Joe Willis.
“It felt good, it felt really good to get out there and get a chance to show the coaches what I can do,” said Hoffman. “Now, I am just hoping that it gets me to where I want to be [with the first team.]"
D.C. United was led by forward Maicon Santos with three shots on goal. United brought a fairly light squad complete with five from their Academy and seven first-team players. All five Academy players received slots in United's starting lineup.
“This is a reserve match and it’s great in matches like these for our younger guys to get an opportunity and to get some games under their belt,” Chabala said after the match. “But we can’t be getting down this much in games, especially letting up those goals like we did in the last minutes of the game.”
Those last minute goals were both courtesy of Hoffman, who put a penalty kick past Willis in the 84th minute, after Josue Martinez was taken down in the box. Hoffman would cap the affair in stoppage, the first four goal game for the rookie since “high school.”
The Union's remaining two goals were scored by Jimmy McLaughlin in the 61st and Josué Martinez in the 80th. In goal for the Union, Chris Konopka made four saves on the day while United’s Willis was credited for eight saves on 17 Union shots.
D.C. United hosts the Union in another Reserve match this Friday at noon at D.C. United’s Training Field across from RFK Stadium. United has three remaining Reserve League matches - Reserve League schedule & results
Reserves: Philadelphia Union 6, D.C. United 0.
PHI – Chandler Hoffman (Roger Torres) 15
PHI – Chandler Hoffman (Zach Pfeffer) 56
PHI – Jimmy McLaughlin (Josué Martinez) 61
PHI – Josué Martinez (Jimmy McLaughlin) 80
PHI – Chandler Hoffman (penalty) 84
PHI – Chandler Hoffman (Kenny Lassiter) 90
PHI – Jimmy McLaughlin (Caution) 76
DC – Michael Chabala (Caution) 76
Philadelphia Union Reserves: Chris Konopka (c), Billy McConnell* (Lucky Mkosana#, 63), Lance Laing#, Porfirio Lopez, Greg Jordan, Zach Pfeffer (Kenny Lassiter*, 79), Jimmy McLaughlin, Roger Torres (Chris Ramirez*, 76), Cristhian Hernandez, Chandler Hoffman, Josué Martinez.
Subs not used: Chase Harrison.
D.C. United Reserves: Joe Willis, Ethan White (Raphael Augusto, 65), Lars Eckenrode**, Suliaman Dainkeh**, Cristhyan Najar**, Michael Chabala, Stephen King (c), Conor Shanosky, Kaiona Bailey**, Denis Najar**, Maicon Santos.
Subs not used: Andrew Dykstra.
*Philadelphia Union Academy player
** D.C. United Academy player
# Guest trialist