Philadelphia Union Cruz to Draw with Seattle Sounders
If only the outcome for the Philadelphia Union had been as perfect as the weather on Saturday, May 4th when they hosted the Seattle Sounders at PPL Park in front of 18,334 MLS fans.
Seattle’s Eddie Johnson scored the first goal of the match in the 10th minute. The Sounders maintained the 1-0 lead until the 50th minute when Union midfielder Danny Cruz found the back on the net to tie the game at 1-1. It was the first goal by a Union midfielder all season. It would not be the last.
Just one minute later, Cruz placed another ball past Seattle GK Michael Gspurning to make it 2-1 in favor of the home team.
Philadelphia’s lead would last only 13 minutes. In the 64th minute, Mauro Rosales beat Union GK Zac MacMath to knot the game at 2-2. It was the first time this season that Seattle has managed multiple goals in a game.
Things got a little chippy for the remainder of the game. Double red cards in the 85th minute for Seattle’s Lamar Neagle and Philadelphia’s Sheanon Williams were quickly followed by another Seattle red card (DeAndre Yedlin) in stoppage time.
When the final whistle blew, the two teams each found themselves with two goals and a single point for the draw. Philadelphia now sits at 3-3-3; Seattle moved to 1-3-3.
Philly doesn’t play again until May 11th (at Chicago) before returning home for two home games on May 15th (vs. L.A.) and May 18th (vs. Chicago).
[Photo credit: Steve Garfinkel Photography]
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