Sunday, April 17, 2011

Philadelphia Union vs. Seattle Sounders

A draw. And a draw that didn't need to occur. Seattle scored the equalizer in the 91st minute. Up until stoppage time, the Union had a fairly convincing 1-nil lead, thanks to a Carlos Ruiz free kick.

Carlos Ruiz Carlos Ruiz #20 of the Philadelphia Union defends against the Los Angeles Galaxy during the Philadelphia Union v Los Angeles Galaxy Match at The Home Depot Center on April 2, 2011 in Carson, California.

His free kick from 24 yards out put the Union up 1-0 in a game that they largely controlled. Between a home crowd of over 15,000 cheering them on, and a driving rain storm soaking the region, the Union appeared to be in control.

They missed multiple chances to put up another goal, something head coach Roger Nowak was critical of. The Union attack seemed to be doing well, getting chances throughout the game. Le Toux, in particular, missed a golden opportunity to give the Union a nearly insurmountable 2 goal lead.

But all is not lost, despite the draw, the Union still remain alone in 1st place in the Eastern table.

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