Philadelphia Union won their second match in the Suncoast Invitational Saturday night against hosts Tampa Bay Rowdies.
Defender Ken Tribbett opened the scoring with a header from Ilsinho’s corner in the 17th minute. Tribbett made strong contact with the perfectly placed corner from the former Brazilian national team member cross. Although the Rowdies’ defense tried to block the shot, the ball crossed the line to give the Union the lead.
The Union got another goal in the 29th minute when Leo Fernandes found the back of the net from Ilsinho’s second assist of the night.
Matt Jones, making his first start in goal for the Union in the Suncoast Invitational Tournament, kept a shutout despite the Rowdies’ best attempts on goal. In the 63rd minute, trialist Konstontine Mollinger took a shot from just outside the six yard box, but Jones made the keep the score 2-0.
The Union will play their third game in the preseason tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. against New York Red Bulls at the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex.
Tampa Bay Rowdies 0, Philadelphia Union 2
Al Lang Stadium
St. Peterburg, Fla.
PHI — Ken Tribbett (Ilsinho) 17’
PHI — Leo Fernandes (Ilsinho) 29’
TBR – Ben Sweat 1’ (yellow)
PHI— Anderson 58’ (yellow)
PHI — Walter Restrepo 79’ (yellow)
PHILADELPHIA UNION STARTING XI
Matt Jones Fabinho, Anderson (Richie Marquez 72’), Ken Tribbett, Keegan Rosenberry; Vincent Nogueira, Brian Carroll ©; Chris Pontius (Walter Restrepo 61'), Ilsinho (Sebastien Le Toux 72’), Fernandes; C.J. Sapong (Fabian Herbers 72’).
TAMPA BAY ROWDIES STARTING XI
Michael Langer (Chris Glodack HT); Jeremy Hall, Frankie Sanfilippo, Stefan Antonijevic, Ben Sweat, Juan Guerra; Verneri Välimaa, Junior Burgos © (Jeff Michaud HT), Kalif Alhassan (Freddy Adu 61’), Tommy Heinemann (Danny Mwanga HT), Darwin Espinal.
Jorge Gonzalez (referee), Kermit Quisenberry (assistant), Steven Richardson (assistant), Trent Vanhaitsma (fourth).