Chester, PA (Sports Network) - Seattle Sounders FC managed to extend its
unbeaten run in MLS play to three games thanks to a 2-2 draw with the
Philadelphia Union at PPL Park on Saturday.
The Sounders grabbed the lead in just the 10th minute of play when Eddie
Johnson nodded home a corner kick from Mauro Rosales.
The Union came close to equalizing on two occasions in the first half when
Jack McInerney's header came back off the crossbar and Amobi Okugo nodded a
shot off the post.
They struck the woodwork again in the 50th minute when Conor Casey's header
grazed the post and came back into play, but Danny Cruz capitalized on the
fortuitous bounce by roofing a shot into the upper corner from close range.
Cruz completed his brace just a minute later by cushioning an aerial ball with
his chest and blasting a half-volley into the bottom corner of the net.
Philadelphia held the lead until the 64th minute when a cross from Leonardo
Gonzalez was guided into the far side of the net by Rosales from the center of
the penalty area.
The match turned gritty in the final 10 minutes as both sides battled for a
winning strike. Lamar Neagle and Sheanon Williams were issued red cards for
their involvement in a small fracas while DeAndre Yedlin was sent off in
stoppage time for a rash challenge on Michael Farfan.
The Union had their appeals for a late penalty fall on deaf ears after Casey's
header appeared to be denied by a Sounders handball, leaving the two sides to
settle for a point.
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