At least it wasn't a shutout: Landon Donovan sets MLS goal-scoring record as Galaxy embarrass Union

At least it wasn't a shutout: Landon Donovan sets MLS goal-scoring record as Galaxy embarrass Union

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Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse for the Philadelphia Union...

Landon Donovan, fresh off a shocking snub by United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann, became the all-time leading goal-scorer in the history of Major League Soccer as the underachieving LA Galaxy totally embarrassed the Union Saturday night, 4-1, at the StubHub Center.

Donovan scored twice on the night -- Nos. 135 and 136 in his MLS career -- while Robbie Keane and Leonardo (not this guy) each found the net for the Galaxy.

But hey, at least there was another consolation penalty kick.

With Maurice Edu back in the fold, but without the suspended Cristian Maidana, Union manager John Hackworth put out  a bizarre 4-3-3 formation that included Danny Cruz, Antoine Hoppenot and Leo Fernandes up front. Needless to say, there were very few chances at the offensive end.

Leonardo scored on a set piece two minutes into the game as the Union defense -- namely center back Amobi Okugo -- forgot that the game had started. Things really got out of hand in the second half, especially when the Union's Sheanon Williams gifted Keane his goal with a bad turnover in his own half (in all fairness, Keane should have had about 3 or 4 other goals).

The only bright spots (and I use that phrase sparingly) were, as usual, the play of goalkeeper Zac MacMath and late sub Zach Peffer.

MacMath gave up four goals, yes, but it could have been eight or nine without MacMath between the pipes. Peffer came on in garbage time (again) and drew a penalty in the box that Maurice Edu converted to avoid the shutout (in all due respect to Edu, you couldn't have let the kid take that PK?).

The only other bright spot if you wear Union blue and gold? A week in sunny Southern California before next Saturday's game against Chivas USA in the same stadium.

 

Tonight's lineup: Cody Asche starts in place of injured Roman Quinn

Tonight's lineup: Cody Asche starts in place of injured Roman Quinn

With Roman Quinn's season over with an oblique strain, Freddy Galvis moves up to second in the Phillies' lineup Wednesday night against the Braves.

Quinn's showing in the majors this month was a microcosm of his pro career to this point — he showed his speed with four steals and several infield hits, posted a .373 OBP in 69 plate appearances, but suffered another injury. Health has always been his roadblock.

With Quinn out, Cody Asche gets a start in left field against Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, who he's homered off of. The presence of Quinn and Aaron Altherr has limited Asche's playing time — he's started only three games since coming back from Triple A on Sept. 10.

Asche bats seventh, a spot ahead of Aaron Altherr, who is 7 for 52 (.135) in his last 18 games and has four extra-base hits in his last 133 plate appearances.

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Cody Asche, LF
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Adam Morgan, P

Matt Kemp, who sat last night, returns to the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Matt Kemp, LF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Dansby Swanson, SS
7. Mallex Smith, RF
8. Daniel Castro, 2B
9. Mike Foltynewicz, P

Radko Gudas shooting pucks, 'pretty close' to 100 percent

Radko Gudas shooting pucks, 'pretty close' to 100 percent

VOORHEES, N.J. — Injured Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas is getting closer to returning to game action.

Gudas, recovering from a fractured right wrist (his shooting hand), has been cleared to shoot pucks for the past couple of days and was shooting and hitting in practice Wednesday at Flyers Skate Zone. He has yet to play in a preseason game but said he’s “pretty close” to 100 percent.
 
“I can’t say it’s really 100 percent, but it’s getting there soon,” Gudas said following practice.
 
“There’s a lot of time for me to get in top, game-like shape. There’s not a chance I would miss the start of the season.”
 
Gudas said the most important aspect of the wrist’s healing is keeping it stable by wearing a brace to limit too much movement.
 
“It’s better. I’m shooting on it in practice — feels better every day,” he said. “I’m working on a lot of it every day with the strength guys and the doctors here. We’re going day to day, I’m seeing myself sooner than later jumping on the ice.”
 
The second-year Flyer would like to play in preseason games before the start of the regular season, but also understands the importance of not rushing to avoid costing him regular-season games as a result.
 
“That’s the main part — feeling pain-free,” Gudas said. “Throughout the season, there’s not a lot of time off so we need to make sure everything is the best it can be before the season starts.
 
“Obviously it’s going to be the coaches’ decision when to put me in. I’m sure they’re talking with the staff for when would be the proper time.”
 
Gudas signed a four-year contract extension in June after playing a career-high 76 games and recording 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 2015-16.
 
After practice, Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol did not have an update on Gudas or defenseman Nick Schultz, who was shaken up Tuesday night.
 
“Everybody wants to play at least a game or two before the season,” Gudas said. “I don’t think it needs to be said.
 
“He wants to have me ready and I want to be ready.”