Philadelphia Union Give Up 1-1 Draw to San Jose Earthquakes

The Philadelphia Union  (4-3, 2nd place in the Eastern Conference by one draw to Montreal Impact) hosted the San Jose Earthquakes (4-2-2 5th place West {see Match Preview by  }) on a beautiful day for futbol this last day of  April, 61 degrees, cloudy w/ a slight breeze @ kickoff. The Union were looking to move into 1st place w/ a W as well as keeping their clean sheet (3- 0) @ home intact.

1st real chance for the Union was in the 18′ when  served one off Chris Pontius chest but it did not go towards the net. Soon after in the 26′ Sebastien Le Toux  laid a nice cross to C.     J.     Sapong who headed it right at the mid-section of San Jose’s goalie, David Bingham.

Then in the 30′ on their 1st corner kick, Barnetta found Pontius for the head-in #Doop. The latter minutes of the 1st half saw the Earthquakes making a more concerted effort but they were stopped a few times by Andre Blake, on some fairly easy chances, and the Union went to the locker room up 1-Nil. The U pretty much dominated all the stats in the 1st including a helpful 54.2 – 45.8 possession advantage, and the better of the runs. On defense Joshua Yaro, No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft out of Georgetown getting his 3rd start, was all over the field helping to keep dangerous F’s Chris Wondolowski and Innocent off the board and pretty much away from Blake. But as we all know the team that plays better does not always win the Beautiful Game.

In the 55′ Shea Salinas came in for Innocent, but soon after in the 58′, a Yellow card #2 meant a Red card on the 2nd “Unsporting Behavior” infraction by Anibal Godoy, which should have  made it that much easier for the Union to counter that sub.

The 73′ saw the Union make their 1st and only sub when  come on for Pontius. This fact may have lead to what transpired late in this match, as San Jose used all three of theirs. The Quakes played pretty well for being a man down, while The U seemed to be relaxing too much knowing they had that advantage, and gave up way too many chances to San Jose. That loose play culminated in an inexcusable goal to Simon Dawkins in the 83′, as the ball moved from one SJ player to another in front of the Union goal w/ little or no challenges by the home team. Even in the 4 minute stoppage time when the U could have been better rested, the Quakes had the better chances and the game ended in a heartbreaking 1-1 draw.

W/ that draw the Union are now still in 2nd place, as Montreal earned a 2-2 draw over Colorado today,  w/ 1 more game played, and keep at least an undefeated streak @ home alive.

Next up for the U are the LA Galaxy (4-1-2 4th West), coming to Talen Energy Stadium on 5/11 @ 7:00, so they will get a much needed rest and time to get over this disappointing result.

 

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