Once again, a major gaffe by Chris Seitz kept the Union from a clean sheet and a much needed victory as they drew 1-1 with Kansas City. After dominating the game for 70 minutes and after a great goal from Sebastien Le Toux, Seitz failed to set up his wall properly and then allowed Danny Arnaud’s free kick to swing over his head into the goal. The goal seemed to deflate the Union and they failed to create many more chances after the game was tied. It is another disappointing result when the Union really deserved all three points.
Philadelphia started brightly and were on the front foot early. A deflected Stefani Miglioranzi shot rang off the post in the 26th minute before Le Toux put the Union ahead with his 10th goal of the season on 33 minutes. Jordan Harvey started the play with a great tackle near the midfield line, where the ball fell to Justin Mapp. Mapp played the ball through in the left channel to the onrushing Danny Mwanga. Mwanga drove the ball forward into the box and flicked a beautiful pass with the outside of his right foot into the path of Le Toux, who finished first time. It was a terrific goal and fully deserved from the home side. The rest of the half played out fairly evenly with no major chances to either side.
Roger Torres’ introduction after half time seemed to spark the Union, and they were once again in full attack mode. Justin Mapp had a great chance in the 53rd minute after some great work by Mwanga. But his left footed drive from a difficult angle was saved well by man of the match Jimmy Nielsen. Just one minute later, it was Nielsen to the rescue again as Mwanga came in on goal and forced another great save from the Kansas City keeper. But once again, the Union failed to keep a clean sheet when Danny Arnaud’s free kick from the corner of the 18 yard box swung over Seitz’ head and into the upper corner. The goal sucked the life out of the Union, and a 2nd goal seemed out of reach even after the introductions of Jack McInerny and Alejandro Moreno.
How long do we have to suffer with Chris Seitz?
How many holding midfielders can you start?
We Need Width
GK Chris Seitz – 2
Once again, fails to make a big save when the team needs him to. Let’s cut our losses and ditch him.
CB Danny Califf – 7
Solid in the center of the park. Anchored the defense to probably one of their strongest efforts all season.
CB Juan Diego Gonzalez – 7
Solid outing for Gonzalez as well. Strong in the air and made some timely tackles. Golf ball sized welt on his head was extremely impressive.
LB Jordan Harvey – 7
Decent game for the much maligned left back. Had a nice tackle that led to the Union goal. Still provided little in the way of service though.
RB Michael Orozco Fiscal – 6
Had a great tackle on scoring chance by Ryan Smith. But seemed to have difficulty shutting Smith down the rest of the match, resorting to fouling him repeatedly.
RM Andrew Jacobson – 5
Largely ineffective starting on the wing. Subbed off at halftime.
CM Stefani Miglioranzi – 6
Had a shot from distance that deflected off the post. Decent in the defensive midfield, but I’m not sure there is room for him when Okugo starts as well.
LM Justin Mapp – 6
Nice pass to Mwanga that set up Le Toux’s goal. Had some decent runs on the flanks and offered some width in the midfield.
CM Amobi Okugo – 6
Started strong and was solid in the first half, both in his tackling and distrubtion. Seemed to fade as the game went on.
F Danny Mwanga – 7
Solid outing for the rookie. Great play to set up Le Toux’s goal and was effective in possesion all day.
F Sebastien Le Toux – 7
Another goal for the hardoworking Frenchman. Was his usual, industrious self. Really struggled with dead balls again, should probably give up the responsibility.
Roger Torres 6
Came on just after half time. Saw more of the ball than Jacobson but didn’t put his stamp on the game.
Jack McInerney 5
I think we were all expecting another goal after his terrific finishing the last two games. But failed to really find space with Le Toux and Mwanga both still on the field.
Alejandro Moreno N/A
Got on for the last 7 minutes and didn’t make an impact.
(Photo: Paul Rudderow. For more photos, see http://www.flickr.com/groups/phillysoccerpage/pool/with/4959074062.)