Philadelphia Is Truly a Union City

Big Screen (Union Logo)

Independent Philly was on hand (or perhaps “on foot” is more appropriate) Saturday afternoon as the Philadelphia Union took on FC Dallas in their second home game of the season at Lincoln Financial Field.

Pregame Warm Up
Young and Old (Before Game)

The weather was just about perfect for the 4 PM start time and the over 25,000 fans in attendance were pumped up as they chanted “Phila-delphia Uuuuuuuunion!” and sang numerous fight songs.

Union Fan w/ Team Scarf
Philadelphia Union Before the Game

The Union won their one previous home game of the season 3-2 over DC United but have a 0-5 record away from home.

The Refs
Players Enter Before Game

 They have been playing an away game heavy schedule as they wait for their brand new stadium (PPL Park) to open in Chester, PA in 42 days.

National Anthem Before the Game
Pregame Handshake

 The game started and The Union almost scored first (in the fifth minute) but an incredible save by Dallas goal-keeper Kevin Hartman kept the game scoreless. Moments later a goal by the Union’s Sebastien Le Toux was waived off on an off-sides call. Then, in the thirteenth minute of play, Dallas scored to take a 1-0 lead on a goal by Break Shea.

Early Action
Free Kick
Work It, Work It

 The Philadelphia fans began to chant “Where is Waldo?” at Dallas’s players (a knock on their red and white striped jerseys).

FC Dallas Uniform

Letting It Rip
Dallas Goal-Keeper Kevin Hartman

Both Philadelphia and Dallas had numerous other scoring chances in the first half of play but big time saves by both FCD’s Hartman and Union goal-keeper Chris Seitz kept the game locked at 1-0 Dallas heading into half time.

Half Time
Half Time
Union Goal-Keeper Chris Seitz

The second half of play was action packed as well but despite out-shooting Dallas 21-11 it appeared as though the Union were going to be on the losing end of the match.

Walk It Off Dallas, Walk It Off
DC's George John Soars Through the Air
Corner Kick Second Half Action

Then, in the final minute of stoppage time (93rd minute) #1 over-all draft pick Danny Mwanga scored his first MLS goal and tied the game in dramatic fashion as fans broke out into song. “We are the Union, the mighty, mighty Union…”

Wide Angle Shot

 The rivalry between the cities of Philadelphia and Dallas in sports is well documented and Mwanga’s goal to keep the Union unbeaten at home couldn’t have come at a more important time.

MLS Game Ball

 “Coming out of college, I was trying to make some adjustments. Having my first goal in that big of a game in front of a home crowd was definitely a good thing. I’m hoping that they’re very happy that we didn’t lose that game and we’re undefeated at home.” Mwanga told reporters after the game.

2nd Half (Jordan Harvey)
View from the Corner

 Soccer in Philadelphia is a beautiful thing. With several home games set to take place in Chester later this summer (as well as a “friendly” against Manchester United at Lincoln Financial Field on July 21st) there are numerous chances for Philadelphia area residents to get out to support our team in its first season.


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