2022 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Gonzalo Higuaín (82')
  • Dániel Gazdag (26' PEN)
  • Cory Burke (66')

Philadelphia Union edges Inter Miami to stay first in East

Philadelphia doubles its lead off a set piece play (0:58)

Cory Burke nods in a header off a set piece to put the Union ahead 2-0. (0:58)

Daniel Gazdag scored on a penalty kick and Cory Burke provided a second-half goal as the visiting Philadelphia Union beat Inter Miami CF 2-1 on Wednesday night.

It wasn't the type of record-setting offensive display that the Union had in its previous game, but it was good enough for a key outcome that kept Philadelphia ahead of New York City FC by a single point in first place in the Eastern Conference.

Goalkeeper Andre Blake made two saves for Philadelphia (9-2-9, 36 points).

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Inter Miami (6-9-4, 22 points) was in danger of being blanked for its second game in a row before Gonzalo Higuain's goal in the 88th minute. Goalkeeper Drake Callender made three saves.

Gazdag put his penalty kick over Callender in the 26th minute. It was his eighth goal of the season.

Burke made a leaping header to connect for his goal in the 66th minute. The ball bounced off Callender's outstretched left hand.

Burke's goal resulted from a pinpoint delivery from Kai Wagner on a set piece.

Higuain's goal came on a left-footed shot after moving around a defender from outside the box. Jean Mota was credited with an assist.

Inter Miami held an upper hand in possession time, but only three of its 12 shots were on goal.

Philadelphia applied more pressure at times, ending up with a 9-4 advantage in corner kicks.

In a development that came shortly before the game, Philadelphia acquired Julian Carranza as a permanent transfer. Otherwise, the reigning MLS Player of the Week would have sat out based on the loan agreement with Inter Miami, which had been his parent club.

Carranza had a hat trick last week against D.C. United, and he entered as a substitute in the 61st minute Wednesday night vs. Inter Miami.

Carranza missed a May meeting between the teams that resulted in a 0-0 draw.

Blake collected his 600th MLS save when he grabbed the ball on an attempt that stemmed from an Inter Miami corner kick in the second half.