“I think it was a good match between the two teams,” said Team Manager Peter Nowak. “We had a couple of good sequences in the first half, and then we scored a couple of good goals in the second half. The play was actually better [in the second half], and so was the flow of the game. We've been training for a few weeks but only a week in this altitude and weather so I think it was a good test for us and our conditioning. We have to continue working though.”
While Philadelphia Union controlled possession for most of the match, Chivas struck first with a 16th minute goal from Omar Arellano to put the ‘Goats’ up 1-0. The rest of the half was scoreless, but the MLS side came out firing in the second half.
“My first goal came from the left side of the box when Nick [Zimmerman] cut it with his left foot,” explained McInerney. “He took a hard shot on the ground that the keeper bobbled. So I came in and finished it.”
Another four minutes later, trialist and former Temple University star JT Noone put Philadelphia Union on top 2-1 after another strong series of passes resulted in the go-ahead goal. McInerney got in on the action once again, tallying an assist to add to his goal minutes earlier.
“The assist came when Toni [Stahl] played a long ball that I flicked on to JT [Noone],” added McInerney. “He took a touch of the ball with his left foot and passed the keeper.
“Overall it was a fast pace game. The altitude and the heat made it more difficult, but we managed to keep the ball and created chances. We played well, and although I thought we deserved more, we take what we got and go back to work.”
Chivas equalized twenty minutes into the second half on a goal from Marco Fabián, bringing the score level at 2-2. GK Brian Perk stopped the initial effort but a rebound was knocked home for the equalizer.
In addition to controlling possession throughout the session, Philadelphia Union had the advantage in shots on goal and control in the midfield. The club will continue its training camp in Mexico with a session against Universidad de Guadalajara on Tuesday.
“We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I think we’re moving in the right direction after a week in Mexico,” added Nowak. “We’re anxious to play another game here on Tuesday. After that we go to our last training camp [in Tampa, Fla.] to shape things and get ready for the MLS season.”
On Sunday, March 14, Philadelphia Union will meet MLS Western Conference foe FC Dallas with kickoff set for 7 p.m. at the University of Tampa’s Pepin Stadium. Then, five nights later, on Friday, March 19, Team Manager Peter Nowak’s club will again take to the pitch at Pepin Stadium to take on the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for both games in Tampa will be $8 for adults (18 and over) and $5 for children (17 and under). For ticket information, please call: 813.257.3100.