The Philadelphia Union tied 1-1 with D.C. United Wednesday night in the first game of Tampa Bay Rowdies’ Suncoast Invitational.
Sebastien Le Toux gave the Union the lead seven minutes in, sending the ball into the back of the net from C.J. Sapong’s rebound after his shot hit the crossbar. Playing against his former club, Chris Pontius gave the assist.
The Union looked to maintain the early lead and expand it to two. In the 43rd minute, Sapong lobbed the ball to Le Toux who found himself just a bit too far right of the goal to shoot. Le Toux trailed the ball to Tranquillo Barnetta, who fired it at keeper Andrew Dykstra who made the save.
Shortly after the start of the second half, D.C. got the equalizer in the 56th minute from Fabian Espindola’s penalty. Pontius committed a foul in the box and the referee did not hesitate in pointing to the spot.
Even though Andre Blake guessed correctly, the force of Espindola’s strike earned D.C. the equalizer.
As the game came to a close, the Union looked to get a late winner. Ilsinho created a strong chance for Herbers in the six-yard box in the 83rd minute. The 2016 SuperDraft pick shot at goal but Dykstra made a great save to keep the score even.
The Union return to action on Saturday, Feb. 20 to face hosts Tampa Bay Rowdies at 7 p.m. for the second game in the 2016 Suncoast Invitational.