Photo: Daniel Gajdamowicz
Philly locals faced off on opposite sides of the field and determined the course of a match for the first time in Philadelphia Union history.
Not that it was a good thing for any of them.
Colorado midfielder and Chestnut Hill Academy alum Jeff Larentowicz drew a red card in the 58th minute of Colorado’s 2-1 win over Philadelphia, turning Sunday’s Union home opener into a wide open affair as the Rapids went a man down. Larentowicz had previously drawn a yellow card in the 44th minute with a rough tackle on Michael Farfan, and after his hard, high and late tackle on Keon Daniel, he didn’t complain once after he drew the second booking he knew was coming.
But that didn’t hand the Union the game.
Four minutes later, Union defender and Penn Charter grad Chris Albright slipped and whiffed on a clearance down his defensive right flank in a play in which he appeared to have a bit of contact from Tony Cascio, but not enough to earn a foul. The misstep left Cascio in a one-on-one with goalkeeper Zac MacMath, and Cascio slammed home the goal. It was Albright’s debut for his hometown team, and it’s one he’d probably like to forget.
In other notable debuts, local signing Cristhian Hernandez saw the field for the first time and showed a nice touch in limited time. He completed nine of 10 passes and sent a left-footed shot over the crossbar in the second half. For New England, Haverford graduate Jeremiah White made his MLS debut by subbing on in the second half during the club’s 3-0 loss to Kansas City.
Here’s how other Philadelphians around the soccer world fared. (Regular season stats are included.)
Major League Soccer
Jeff Larentowicz, M, Colorado — Larentowicz was sent off in Colorado’s 2-1 win over Philadelphia. Season: 2 games, 2 starts
Bobby Convey, M, Kansas City — Went the full 90 in a 3-0 win over New England. His cross into the area led to a Kei Kamara shot that was stopped but then sent into net on the rebound by Kamara. Convey was not awarded an assist. Season: 2 games, 2 starts
Jeff Parke, D, Seattle — Was an unused sub in Seattle’s 3-1 win over Toronto on Saturday. He started at center back in Champions League play against Santos Laguna, who demolished Seattle on Wednesday by a 6-1 margin. Season: 0 regular season games
Dan Gargan, D, Chicago — Started and played 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw against Montreal. Season: 1 game, 1 start
Chris Albright, D, Philadelphia — Started and played 63 minutes against Colorado. Season: 1 game, 1 start
Cristhian Hernandez, M, Philadelphia — Played 18 minutes against Colorado. Season: 1 game
Bill Gaudette, GK, Los Angeles — Did not play. Season: 0 games
Corey Hertzog, F, New York —Did not play. Season: 0 games
Antoine Hoppenot, M/F, Philadelphia — Did not play. Season: 0 games
Jimmy McLaughlin, M, Philadelphia — Did not play. Season: 0 games
Zach Pfeffer, M, Philadelphia — Was in the 18 against Colorado but did not play. Season: 0 games
Zarek Valentin, D, Montreal — With the US U-23 team for Olympic qualification, Valentin played in Sunday’s 3–0 win over Atlanta Silverbacks in a closed door scrimmage. Was not in the 18 for Montreal’s 1-1 draw against Chicago. Season: 0 games
Jeremy Vuolo, GK, New York — Was in the 18 against Real Salt Lake but did not play. Season: 0 games
Andrew Wenger, M, Montreal — Played 22 minutes against Chicago in Montreal’s home opener. Season: 2 games
Jeremiah White, M, New England —Made his MLS debut and played 29 minutes in New England’s loss to Kansas City. Season: 1 game
Eddie Gustafsson, GK, Red Bull Salzburg — The Philadelphia-born Swedish international was in the 18 but did not play in Red Bull Salzburg’s 4-1 loss in Europa League play. The loss sent Salzburg out of Europa League on 8-1 aggregate. Season: 15 games. (More complete stats are not available via the Bundesliga and Red Bull web sites.)