Dallas, TX – The Philadelphia Union picked up a must needed point with a 1 – 1 draw in Dallas. FC Dallas controlled most of the match until the Union tied the game at one all. The goal came from a Gabriel Gomez header in the 56th minute off a Carlos Valdez deep ball that deflected just outside the six yard box. The ball was put away into the bottom left corner of the goal and seemed to shift energy to Union’s side.
FC Dallas opened the match with a lot pressure and the Union back line seemed confused at times. The opening goal by Dallas was scored in the 7th minute of the match off corner kick from Bryan Leyva that George John headed to the far post and Blas Pérez drove home on a diving header. The Union faced a constant attack throughout the opening half and had no offensive pressure.
Dallas backfield was dealt another blow on the season when Hernán Pertúz was stretchered off with a knee injury just before half time. Pertúz was replaced by Carlos Rodriguez, coming off a dislocated elbow injury that caused him to miss the past four matches.
The 2nd half opened with Dallas continuing control the flow of the match. But in the 56th Philadelphia finally capitalized with its first real chance with a goal by Gomez, his 4th on the season. The Union didn’t let up after the goal and went right by to work on the Dallas back line. In 58th minute, Philadelphia defender Carlos Valdés hit the crossbar with a header off a corner kick. Then later in the 73rd minute Keon Daniel sent a low line drive shot in from outside the box that forced Hartman to make a diving save.
The teams hard play started to get ugly at times. The box score shows only two goals on the night but the players brutally battled for 90 minutes with some bumps, bruises and blood to prove it. This physical “bout” featured 35 total fouls and 6 yellow cards combined.
The first casuality in the match was Carlos Valdez. In the 74th minute Valdez banged his with James Marlin of FC Dallas during a Union corner. Valdez left match right way with a face covered in blood. The bleeding could not be stopped so Philadelphia manager Peter Nowak was forced to use his final sub. Another player that endured several hits throughout the match was Union rookie keeper Chase Harrison, making is first MLS first start. Harrison was hit by bodies on both sides, the goal post, and twisted his left ankle twice. Harrison had to finish the match in pain after a nasty cheap shot hit by former Union man Andrew Jacobson. Jacobson lowered his shoulder and clipped Harrison as he collected a soft deep ball in the 2nd minute of stoppage time. Jacobson playing with a yellow card was not called for a foul, which was clearly unnecessary contact that should have lead to an ejection.
In pain Chase Harrison and the Union managed to hang on and get the valuable road point. Philadelphia moves to 2-6-2 on the season. The Philadelphia Union will stay on the road as they face win less Toronto FC next Saturday at 4:30 PM. FC Dallas now 3-6-3 will restart on only a few days rest and face the Fire mid-week clash.
Philadelphia Union v. FC Dallas
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