Recap: Union Tie Dallas 1-1 with Late Goal

Mwanga's last-gasp equalizer sends 25,038 fans home happy

Philadelphia,
PA (May 15, 2010)
– It
was a thrilling day at Lincoln Financial Field, as #1 overall draft pick Danny
Mwanga scored his first career goal to draw the Union (1-5-1) level 1-1 with FC
Dallas (2-5-1) in stoppage time. 

"It's a great
feeling," Mwanga said after the match. "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."

Philadelphia created
chances throughout the match, totaling 21 shots, but goalkeeper Kevin Hartman
was up to the task until the waning moments. Union 'keeper Chris Seitz stepped
up with his best performance of the young season, stifling Dallas on numerous
occasions throughout the match. 

The Union got off to a quick start, with only a tremendous save from goalkeeper Kevin
Hartman
preventing Philadelphia from getting on the board in the
fifth minute. Kyle Nakazawa’s free kick found Alejandro Moreno’s head in the
penalty area, but Hartman was just able to get a hand on the deflection. The
rebound was also dangerous, but Cristian Arrieta’s header in traffic didn’t
find the frame. Minutes later, Sebastien Le Toux found the back of the net
after chipping Hartman, but the goal was waived off due to an offside
violation.

It was
Dallas to get on the board first
though. In the 13th minute, Jeff Cunningham found Atiba Harris at the top of
the penalty area. Harris spun and found Brek Shea to his left, who took one
touch to his left, followed by another to his right before whipping a shot far
post that found the netting to put Dallas up 1-0.

Hartman came up with another stellar
save
in the 22nd minute to maintain Dallas’ one goal advantage.
Stefani Miglioranzi sent a cross from 30 yards out to the far post that found a
streaking Roger Torres. Torres’ header was bound for the lower left corner, but
Hartman got just enough of a touch with his left hand to deflect the attempt.

Sebastien Le Toux had a chance to
equalize
in the 27th minute, but his shot off a one-on-one
opportunity was deflected away by a charging Hartman.

In the 37th minute, the Union nearly struck again, with Fred sliding a pass
across the top of the box to Torres. Torres chipped to Le Toux in the area, but
Hartman met the ball at the same time as Le Toux, knocking it away to Moreno.
Moreno attempted to find an angle with the net open, but Hartman was able to
get back in position and make another save.

In the 40th minute, Dallas had a golden opportunity to take a 2-0 advantage,
but his attempt went just over the frame despite no defenders being between him
and Seitz.

Seitz came up big for Philadelphia in the 42nd minute. Atiba Harris sent a low
cross in from the right flank that looked on target for a streaking Jeff
Cunningham’s foot. But Seitz slid out and knocked the ball away just in time to
prevent an easy tap-in goal.

Seitz averted danger for the Union yet again in the 44th minute, coming out and
heading the ball outside of the box to keep Cunningham from running onto it in
a dangerous position.

The Union had another chance to
equalize
in the 59th minute. Stefani Miglioranzi’s cross to the far
post was headed back across the box by Moreno, but Danny Califf’s header from
within the 6-yard box went just over the crossbar.

In the 76th minute,
Shea Salinas blasted a shot from
outside the area
that looked like it might catch the upper ninety,
but the attempt narrowly missed wide left.

The match took an incredibly dramatic turn in the final minute of stoppage time
when
Danny Mwanga blasted the equalizer in
the 93th minute,
the first goal of his career. Salinas sent a
desperation ball into the box amidst a sea of players from both teams as the
93rd minute was coming to a close, and the attempted clearance bounced right to
Mwanga fifteen yards away from the goal. Mwanga let the ball bounce once before
winding up and one-timing a shot into the lower left corner past a diving
Hartman in heroic fashion. 

The match ended in a 1-1 tie just a
minute later, with Mwanga sending the 25,038 Union fans home happy.

Scoring
Summary: 

DAL – Break Shea (Atiba Harris,
Jeff Cunningham) 13

PHI – Danny Mwanga
(Unassisted) 93+

Philadelphia Union (1-5-1) -- Chris Seitz; Cristian Arrieta (Danny
Mwanga 81), Danny Califf, Michael Orozco, Jordan Harvey; Kyle Nakazawa (Shea
Salinas 67), Stefani Miglioranzi, Fred, Roger Torres (Jack McInerney 75); Alejandro
Moreno, Sebastien Le Toux

Substitutions not used: Andrew Jacobson, Shavar Thomas, Amobi Okugo,
Brad Knighton

Shots: 21 (3 tied with 4); SOG: 16 (Sebastien Le Toux 4, Roger Torres 4); Fouls: 12 (Michael Orozco 3, Cristian Arrieta 3); Offsides: 2 (Alejandro Moreno 1, Sebastien Le Toux 1); Corner kicks: 10 (Roger Torres 4); Saves: 3 (Chris Seitz 3)

FC Dallas (2-1-5) – Kevin Hartman; Heath Pearce, Ugo Ihemelu, George
John, Zach Loyd; Daniel Hernandez, Brek Shea (Eric Avila 79), Dax McCarty,
Atiba Harris; David Ferreira, Jeff Cunningham (Marvin Chavez 63) (Anthony
Wallace 92+)

Substitutions not used: Bruno Guarda, Edson Edward, Jason Yeisley, Dario
Sala

Shots: 11 (Dax McCarty 3); SOG: 6 (Marvin Chavez 2, Dax McCarty 2); Fouls: 13 (4 tied with 2); Corner kicks: 1 (Dax McCarty): Offsides: 7 (Atiba Harris 3); Saves: 6 (Kevin Hartman 6)

Discipline:

PHI – Roger Torres (caution; Reckless Foul) 62
DAL – Heath Pearce (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 83

Referee: Ricardo Salazar

Referee's Assistants: Thomas Supple, James Conlee

4th Official: Tony Russo

Attendance: 25,038

Time of Game: 1:50
Weather:
Clear, 70 degrees