Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Roland Alberg scored in the 88th minute, Andre Blake had his ninth shutout and the Philadelphia Union beat the Seattle Sounders 2-0 on Sunday.

Philadelphia (10-13-9) won for just the second time in its last nine games to keep its slim playoff chances alive. Seattle (12-9-11) needed a win to clinch its ninth straight playoff spot. The Sounders have two home games remaining against FC Dallas and Colorado.

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Rookie Marcus Epps opened the scoring in the 28th minute. He settled Ilsinho’s pass with his right foot, took a touch and sent a left-footed shot inside the near post from the corner of the 6-yard box.

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Jay Simpson’s open header in the 87th was saved by Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei. Moments later, Alberg received a short corner kick from Simpson, dribbled out of a double team and sent in a shot from the edge of the 18-yard box.

Second-half sub Clint Dempsey gave Seattle some energy on offense. He had a shot knocked out of bounds by Blake in the 62nd and Dempsey’s open volley in the 67th sailed over the crossbar. Will Bruin’s curling shot in the 81st forced a full-stretch save by Blake.

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