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