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 ball.
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.
PHI - Danny Mwanga 5 (Sebastien Le Toux 6, Roger Torres 4) 21’
CHV – Blair Gavin 2 (Unassisted) 42’
CHV -- Trujillo (caution; Dissent) 27 '
CHV -- Braun (caution; Tactical Foul) 31 '
PHI -- Torres (caution; Reckless Tackle) 38 '
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, Jordan Harvey, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Fred (Amobi Okugo 85), Stefani Miglioranzi, Roger Torres (Jack McInerney 46), Sebastien Le Toux, Danny Mwanga.
Chivas USA -- Zach Thornton, Mariano Trujillo, Dario Delgado, Michael Umana, Ante Jazic, Osael Romero (Ben Zemanski 71), Blair Gavin, Michael Lahoud, Jonathan Bornstein (Gerson Mayen 85), Justin Braun, Jesus Padilla (Chukwudi Chijindu 77).
Referee: Edvin Jurisevic
Referee's Assistants: Paul Scott; Peter Manikowski
4th Official: Ricardo Salazar
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