The beginning of the opening kick on March 2 against the Philadelphia Union and Sporting Kansas City could not have been any better for the Sons of Ben and other Union fans. Highly beloved and fan favorite Sebastien Le Toux started the MLS season off with a bang.
In the 17th minute, Keon Daniel sent a cross to Le Toux inside the box, and Le Toux found the right side of net. PPL Park and all of the 18,160 fans went nuts. The Union's leading-scorer is back and scoring again for Philadelphia. There was countless chances later in the first half for Philadelphia to go up 2-0 and even more, but they just couldn’t find the net again.
For most of the first half, the Union controlled the play and the momentum of the match. That would change in the waning moments of the half when Kansas City would find an equalizer. Graham Zusi scored the equalizer on a rebound off a Zac MacMath save. The Union defense was out of position on his shot as Jeff Parke and Ray Gaddis were on the goal line after the initial shot was taken.
The second half would be a complete opposite as the momentum shifted to Kansas City. They capitalized on the chances they did have and found two second half goals, while the Union had more opportunities throughout the game, but couldn’t capitalize on them.
Overall the game wasn’t all bad for the Union. Yes, they lost, but it wasn’t all a losing effort. The Union’s 4-3-2-1 formation played for the first half and part of the second half showed that it could work. Le Toux was in his natural position up front as the lone striker and showed that he hasn’t lost his goal scoring opportunity.
It stinks as a player to not win their home opener for the fans, but there is potential, and look for the Union to show that potential like they did in the first half of yesterday’s game next week.
“You’ve got to be disappointed,” Union second-year defender Ray Gaddis said. “You’ve got 18,000-plus here cheering you on in an exciting atmosphere and everyone is excited to see you play and you don’t go and get a result, that’s disappointing.
Philadelphia will head to Colorado to face the Rapids on March 9.
Then Philadelphia will return back home for a March 16 match against the New England Revolution.