Philadelphia Union Hold Orlando City to a Scoreless Draw

By on August 10, 2015
Corey Ashe (10) battles Philadelphia's Fabinho (photo Will Ogburn)

Corey Ashe (16) battles Philadelphia’s Fabinho (photo Will Ogburn)

Weeks ago, a home match with the last place Philadelphia Union probably seemed like a gift. Even after last match, a 4-1 loss to Toronto, the team likely welcomed a chance to retool in from of a friendly home crowd. What they found was far from it: ninety hard-fought minutes where not a single goal was scored.

It was a chippy one from the start, as four players hit the turf in the first five minutes of play. The already injury-depleted club saw Aurélien Collin and the newly acquired Conor Donovan go down in the early going. Donovan’s misfortune opened the door for a surprise that OCSC fans weren’t expecting until later in the season: Tommy Redding. Redding, a homegrown prospect that came up through the Lions youth system stepped up and played well in a much-needed spot. Tommy has officially been with the club since the USL Pro days, notching 14 appearances before being loaned to the Wilmington Hammerheads (USL) to get some playing time.

Aurelien Collin (78) in the middle of the action (photo Will Ogburn)

Aurelien Collin (78) in the middle of the action (photo Will Ogburn)

“We looked very, very tired toward the end. It looked like the games that we’ve played of late, and the game on Wednesday night in Toronto had an effect on us.“ said manager Adrian Heath after the result. “But the players worked really hard, I can’t fault them.”

Kaka (10) being pushed by Michael Lahoud (13) (photo Will Ogburn)

Kaka (10) being pushed by Michael Lahoud (13) (photo Will Ogburn)

The road ahead for Orlando City looks potentially treacherous, but manageable nonetheless. With 28 points through 24 games played, OCSC is sitting just behind Montreal (the sixth and final playoff team) who have as many points in fewer games. After a weeklong break, Orlando City will travel to Seattle to face Clint Dempsey and the Sounders, then head to Toronto again for a potential redo on this week’s loss.

Cyle Larin's rookie goal scoreboard (photo Will Ogburn)

Cyle Larin’s rookie goal scoreboard (photo Will Ogburn)

Kaka (photo Will Ogburn)

Kaka (photo Will Ogburn)

John McCarthy Philly goalkeeper (photo Will Ogburn)

John McCarthy Philly goalkeeper (photo Will Ogburn)

(photo Will Ogburn)

(photo Will Ogburn)

(photo Will Ogburn)

(photo Will Ogburn)

Luek Boden (14) (photo Will Ogburn)

Luek Boden (14) (photo Will Ogburn)

Kaka (photo Will Ogburn)

Kaka (photo Will Ogburn)

Kaka and Raymon Gaddis (28)

Kaka and Raymon Gaddis (28)

Cyle Larin (purple jersey) and Cristian Maidana (photo Will Ogburn)

Cyle Larin (purple jersey) and Cristian Maidana (photo Will Ogburn)

(photo Will Ogburn)

(photo Will Ogburn)

Tally Hall lends a helping glove (photo Will Ogburn)

Tally Hall lends a helping glove (photo Will Ogburn)

John McCarty (photo Will Ogburn)

John McCarty (photo Will Ogburn)

again, KAKA (photo Will Ogburn)

again, KAKA (photo Will Ogburn)

(photo Will Ogburn)

(photo Will Ogburn)

A crowd of 28,495 MAN THE WALL (photo Will Ogburn)

A crowd of 28,495 MAN THE WALL (photo Will Ogburn)

Luke Boden (14)  (photo Will Ogburn)

Luke Boden (14) (photo Will Ogburn)

Raymon Gaddis  (28) getting making progress ahead of Luke Boden (14) (photo Will Ogburn)

Raymon Gaddis (28) getting making progress ahead of Luke Boden (14) (photo Will Ogburn)

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