Recap: Union, Chivas Play to 1-1 Draw
Carson, Ca. (June 27, 2010) – After a dramatic win
at PPL Park a week ago, the Philadelphia Union managed to walk away with a
point on the road against Chivas USA after a 1-1 draw at the Home Depot Center.
Danny Mwanga scored his fifth goal of the season in the 21st minute,
but Blair Gavin equalized before the break and
neither side were able to strike with a go-ahead goal in the second half.
The first dangerous chance for Philadelphia came in
the 10th minute off a free kick from 20 yards out to the left of the
box. Le Toux tried to sneak a shot low and hard to the near post, but
goalkeeper Zach Thornton was up to the task, diving to his right to smother the
In the 13th minute, Jesus Padilla
gathered a cross and cracked a shot through the defense, but Union goalkeeper Chris Seitz reacted well
diving to his left and came up with the save to keep Chivas off the board.
Philadelphia would strike first in the 21st
minute. After Cristian Arrieta found Roger Torres in the middle of the field,
Torres volleyed to Sebastien Le Toux’s head at the top of the area. Le Toux leaped
and flicked the ball on past Chivas’ defense to a streaking Mwanga, who
cleverly chipped Thornton with the outside of his right foot into a wide open
net for a 1-0 lead.
Chivas pressured Philadelphia for much of the rest
of the first half and nearly broke through in the 36th minute.
Jonathan Bornstein’s cross to the far post found Padilla, but the striker’s
crackling header rattled the crossbar and stayed out of Seitz’s net.
The Goats’ attacking efforts were finally rewarded
with an equalizer in the 42nd minute. After Mariano Trujillo’s cross
into the box was deflected, Danny Califf’s clearance found a wide-open Blair
Gavin. Gavin wound up from 20 yards out and struck low through traffic past a diving Seitz
to tie the match at 1-1.
While neither side took control of the second half, Philadelphia
nearly took a lead in the 67th minute. Le Toux sprung Fred free into
a breakaway on the left side of the field, but Thornton came diving out to break up the play after the Brazilian took a second touch towards goal.
The Union now come home for four straight and six
out of their next seven matches at PPL Park. If last Sunday’s match is any
indication, a climb up the standings is in Philadelphia’s near future. For now,
the Union will be happy enough to take a point on the road, just the second
time they were able to earn a result away from home.
Danny Mwanga 5 (Sebastien Le Toux 6, Roger Torres 4) 21’
CHV – Blair Gavin 2 (Unassisted) 42’
CHV -- Trujillo (caution; Dissent) 27 '
-- Braun (caution; Tactical Foul) 31 '
PHI -- Torres (caution; Reckless Tackle)
PHI -- Orozco Fiscal (caution; Reckless Tackle) 57 '
CHV -- Jazic (caution;
Reckless Tackle) 82'
Philadelphia Union -- Chris Seitz, Shea Salinas (Andrew Jacobson 63),
Cristian Arrieta, Danny Califf,
Michael Orozco Fiscal, Fred (Amobi Okugo 85), Stefani
Miglioranzi, Roger Torres
46), Sebastien Le Toux, Danny Mwanga.
Chivas USA -- Zach Thornton,
Mariano Trujillo, Dario Delgado,
Ante Jazic, Osael Romero
(Ben Zemanski 71),
Blair Gavin, Michael Lahoud,
Jonathan Bornstein (Gerson Mayen
85), Justin Braun, Jesus Padilla
Referee: Edvin Jurisevic
Referee's Assistants: Paul Scott; Peter
4th Official: Ricardo Salazar
Weather: Clear and 72