CHESTER, PA–The match took every twist and turn possible was left without a final happy ending for either side on Saturday at Talen Energy Stadium, as the Philadelphia Union and Toronto FC played to a 2-2 draw.
The first half featured a debut goal, two penalties and a pair of injuries to starting forwards, while the second half included goals a minute apart in the battle of Eastern Conference foes.
The Union got off to a dream start in the 11th minute, as new acquisition Jay Simpson nodded home the opener. Haris Medunjanin played a stellar ball to the head of Chris Pontius, who bounced a pass over to Simpson for the strike.
However, the dream home debut for the English forward came to a halt in the 28th minute as he exited with a rib injury.
The home side could’ve gone ahead by two in the 33rd minute after Nick Hagglund dragged Fabian Herbers down in the penalty area. However, Alejandro Bedoya struck the top left part of the bar with his shot from the spot.
Referee Mark Geiger was in the middle of another fracas right before halftime as Jozy Altidore dropped in the box minutes after Sebastian Giovinco was taken off the field with an injury.
Altidore was clipped by Derrick Jones during a free kick routine, stepped to the spot and slotted his first strike of the season past Andre Blake.
Toronto moved into the lead for a minute in the 72nd, as Justin Morrow beat the offside trap off a quick free kick, but that lead wouldn’t last long as Sapong answered back in the 73rd minute.
Sapong remained onside as Fabian Herbers diced his way through the center of the park. Herbers slipped his pass into Sapong, who easily rounded Irwin for his first of the year.
Neither side created a significant chance after Sapong’s tally that handed both sides their second draws of the season.
Man of the Match
Fabian Herbers earned a penalty and produced a sublime assist on the Sapong equalizer. The second-year man had a solid night on the right side of midfield for the hosts.
Moment of the Match
CJ Sapong’s equalizer handed the Union a much-needed boost after Toronto pounded home it second.
Match to Forget
Tsubasa Endoh struggled on the right side of Toronto’s 3-5-2 in place of the injured Steven Beitashour. The Union exploited Endoh’s presence from the start and created plenty of chances through that part of the field.