Union rallies past United in annual friendly

Hardware's late goals propel Philadelphia to win

Union rallies past United in annual friendly

SPRING TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Jameal Hardware scored a pair of goals in the final ten minutes to lift the Philadelphia  Union (MLS) to a 3-2 victory over Reading United (PDL) in the teams' annual affiliation friendly match at Gurski Stadium.

United product Aaron Wheeler scored for Philadelphia in the sixth minute, scoring off a great feed from Jimmy McLaughlin.

The Union held the 1-0 edge until a minute into the second half, when Max Toloute capitalized on a mistake by Philadelphia keeper Brian Holt in front of his own net.

Brett Campbell gave Reading a 2-1 lead in the 75th minute when he bested Holt on a breakaway.

But Hardware scored a pair of goals within two minutes of each other, the winner coming on a laser in the 84th minute.

Reading gears up for a pair of key PDL home games over the weekend. They'll host Ocean City on Friday night before welcome Long Island to town on Sunday afternoon at 3:00.

Philadelphia visits New England next Saturday night.

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