On a warm May night in Chester, the Philadelphia Union squeezed a point out of the LA Galaxy as the two sides drew 2-2.
Union first XI: Andre Blake; Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Josh Yaro, Keegan Rosenberry; Brian Carroll, Vincent Nogueira; Chris Pontius, Tranquillo Barnetta, Sebastien Le Toux; CJ Sapong
Galaxy first XI: Dan Kennedy; Ashley Cole; Robbie Rogers, Leonardo, Jelle Van Damme; Baggio Husidic, Steven Gerrard, Giovani dos Santos, Mike Magee; Robbie Keane, Gyasi Zardes
First half: The Union got out to a bright start. Vincent Nogueira got onto the end of a ball that was banging around in the LA box, took a touch and slid a ball past Kennedy and into the lower left corner to make it 1-0 Union just four minutes in. Spells of possession and a corner came to little as CJ Sapong barely missed a flick on a near-post corner to give the Union a second. But LA would find the back of the net in quick fashion when a bit of a break from a turnover turned into Rogers combining with dos Santos to score on a shot Blake had no chance at stopping. It was 1-1 after 15′.
The Union pushed back. Keeping possession for long stretches and forcing LA to concede corners and deep throw-ins, they pressured the Galaxy but could not find the finish for a second. The Galaxy were dangerous in limited possession as well, but the Union were the better of the sides. At the death of the half, CJ Sapong headed the ball to Pontius in the LA box at the back post but Pontius couldn’t place his header as it sailed over the bar, and the half ended 1-1.
Second half: The Galaxy started the second half how the Union started the first half, with a goal. Just two minutes in, Mike Magee finished off a beautiful bit of play and a pass from Robbie Rogers by putting a shot past Andre Blake to make it 2-1. The Union kept pressing and looking for opportunities as the game got progressively more spikey. A Pontius goal was called back in the the 57th minute due to a questionable offsides call. More pressure was applied by the Union. Corners were won. A tide was rising and it came ashore when Kennedy couldn’t control a rebound and Keegan Rosenberry pounded it home for his first career goal in 63nd minute to make it 2-2.
The teams continued to trade possession, each going on breaks of their own. Ilsinho came on for Le Toux in the 69th minute. Soon after Robbie Rogers earned a yellow and set up another Barnetta free kick that went begging. Possession started going towards the Union as they continued to apply pressure. Fabinho almost curled a shot in from wide in the 77th minute. Dan Kennedy saw yellow in the 82nd minute for time wasting as he walked the ball around the entire goal as the Galaxy perhaps hoped to drag a point out of the match. Fabian Herbers came on for Chris Pontius in the 86th minute and Alberg on for Barnetta at 88′, but no resolution was to be found as both teams settled for one point out of a possible three.