Chester, PA (Sports Network) - Jack McInerney rescued a point for
Philadelphia on Saturday with a stoppage time equalizer as the Union salvaged
a 1-1 draw with Toronto FC at PPL Park.
Both teams had several chances to score in the first half and it appeared
Toronto FC had found the breakthrough in the 13th minute when Justin Braun
snuck through the Philadelphia back line and put it past Union goalkeeper Zac
MacMath, but the offside flag was raised.
It was a sloppy first half as both teams had trouble keeping the ball and it
remained scoreless at the intermission.
After the break, Philadelphia had the better of the play and put several shots
on goal, but Toronto capitalized on a defensive lapse to take the lead in the
MacMath launched the ball up field with a goal kick, but the kick was
intercepted by TFC's Ashtone Morgan, who lofted it over the top of a sleeping
Philadelphia backline which allowed Robert Earnshaw to run onto it and chip
it over MacMath.
Trailing late in the match, Philadelphia utilized a substitution to bring on
new Designated Player Kleberson for his Union debut.
The Brazilian World Cup veteran created several chances for his side and put
one on goal left a left-footed half-volley that looked to be heading for the
bottom left corner, but TFC goalkeeper Joe Bendik made a diving save to keep
Philadelphia pushed numbers forward in stoppage time, switching to a three-man
back line and were rewarded for their offensive persistence when Sheanon
Williams launched a long throw-in into the box. The ball bounced around among
bodied before coming to a wide-open McInerney, who made no mistake.
Just moments later, Philadelphia had a golden opportunity to grab a late
winner when Antoine Hoppenot was put through on goal, but Bendik made a match-
saving stop to keep the sides level.
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