Maurice Edu and Andrew Wenger rescued the Philadelphia Union from a big upset bid from the Harrisburg City Islanders, scoring late goals to lead Philly to a 3-1 win in the fourth round of the US Open Cup on Tuesday at PPL Park.
Wenger scored twice in the second extra time session after Maurice Edu – starting at center back for the first time this season – tied the game in the 88th minute on a feed from Sebastien Le Toux.
Harrisburg struck first in the 38th minute when Jason Pelletier scored on a rebound after rookie goalkeeper Andre Blake – making his first professional start – made a diving save on Coady Andrews.
Although new interim manager Jim Curtin vowed to take the tournament seriously, the Union struggled to handle their depleted USL PRO affiliate for much of Curtin’s first game in charge, only beginning to generate chances late in regulation. They nearly scored the game-winner in stoppage time but Harrisburg goalkeeper Brian Sylvestre had a fantastic double save on Leo Fernandes and Andrew Wenger.
Sylvestre, who was on the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2011 and 2012, finished with 10 saves.
The Union will host the New York Cosmos in the fifth round next Tuesday at PPL Park.