DELTONA. Fla. -- Under the lights at the Dewey O. Boster Sports Complex in Deltona, Fla. the Union played D.C United to a 1-1 draw in front of around 1,700 fans who came to see the two teams play.
The Union got on the board first thanks to a fine finish from forward Chandler Hoffman in the 39th minute. Rookie defender Don Anding got past his man on the left side before driving a low ball across the center of goal, which Hoffman drove into the back of the net.
D.C. United responded in the second half after Union defender Greg Jordan clipped an oncoming United player just inside the box, resulting in a penalty. Kyle Porter stepped up and converted by slotting the ball low and hard to Philadelphia keeper Chris Konopka’s right.
“We gave up the penalty, which was unfortunate, but it was a really good exercise for both teams, and it’s nice to be able to do this in this kind of an atmosphere,” said manager John Hackworth after the game. “Overall, we’re not going to walk away thinking that we played fantastic, but that’s what these games are for.”
The Union have practiced at the Dewey O. Boster Sports Complex as a part of their preseason training in Florida during the past two weeks. The team takes on D.C. United again this Saturday at 1 p.m for their final preseason matchup. Live streaming of the game will air via philadelphiaunion.com.
Philadelphia Union 1, D.C. United 1
Feb. 20, 2013; 6:00 p.m.
Dewey O. Boster Sports Complex
PHI: Hoffman (Anding) 39’
D.C.: Kyle Porter (PEN) 69’
PHI: Lahoud (caution) 58’
PHI: Anding (caution) 61’
PHI: Albright (caution) 75’
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Chris Konopka, Chris Albright, Matt Kassel* (Jimmy McLaughlin), Don Anding, Greg Jordan, Keon Daniel (Georgi Hristov*), Michael Lahoud, Leo Fernandes (Cristhian Hernandez), Chandler Hoffman, Conor Casey, Antoine Hoppenot (Aaron Wheeler).