Philadelphia Union drew 2-2 in a friendly with Swansea City AFC of the English Premier League, in front of a crowd of 16,250 at Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday night. The Union will return to MLS action with a pair of matches this week as they hit the road to play Montreal and Columbus.
Of the starters for Philadelphia, the most notable was Homegrown product Auston Trusty, the 18-year old and Union Academy graduate from Media, PA who made his first-ever start for the Union on the backline.
The Union created noise early for the faithful. Marcus Epps, the 25th overall pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft created havoc on Swansea with pressure in the box on the far side of the pitch. As Epps attempted to cut across, he was shoved by a Swansea defender leaving the referee with no choice but to award Philadelphia with a penalty kick.
Moments later in the sixth minute, CJ Sapong buried home the attempt giving Philadelphia the early 1-0 lead. Swansea settled in and created opportunities to tie the match in the next 20 minutes as chances started to rack up towards the River End.
Swansea broke through to tie the match in the 28th minute as Kyle Bartley finished off a mad scramble in the box off a corner. The Swans took the lead in the 40th minute and again it was off a corner as Jordan Ayew found the back of the net to give Swansea the 2-1 lead after the first 45.
Philadelphia made 11 substitutions in the second half, one of which included the man who tied the match up for the Union. Striker Jay Simpson was able to find the back of the net to even the match at two. Simpson was fed a ball by Ilsinho and sent a sweet touch that slipped past the Swansea keeper.
After each squad had multiple chances to break through, the match remained all square at 2-2 after 90 minutes. With the draw Philadelphia is now 5-4-2 all-time in international friendlies played at Talen Energy Stadium.
The Union will be back in MLS Regular Season action this week when they head north of the border to take on Montreal Impact in Canada. Kick-off for that match is set for 7:30 p.m. and will be televised on The Comcast Network.