PSP photographer Earl Gardner was on the sidelines for Wednesday’s Philadelphia Union friendly against Aston Villa. Here’s a look at what he saw.
Richard Dunne warms up.
The teams take the pitch.
Shay Given takes in the national anthems.
Carlos Valdes and Darren Bent exchange a handshake before the coin toss.
John Hackworth presents Carlos Valdes with his All-Star Game jersey.
The Union starting XI.
Brad Guzan directs his defenders.
Cristhian Hernandez and Mathew Lowton fight for the ball.
Barry Bannan and Gabriel Farfan play a game of keep away.
Antoine Hoppenot does his best to get by James Collins.
Stephen Ireland loses the ball to Gabriel Farfan.
Villa fans from far and wide came to support their club.Valdes and Gabriel Gómez wait to take a free kick.
Chase Harrison readies for a shot.
Jimmy McLaughlin tries to work his way around Stephen Ireland.
Amobi Okugo and Nathan Delfouneso go up for the ball.
Gabby Agbonlahor charges forward as McLaughlin tries to disrupt.
Harrison snatches the ball before any damage can be done.
Michael Lahoud looks on as Ray Gaddis keeps the ball in play.
Agbonlahor pushes Gaddis to the ground.
Greg Jordan takes a shot while Dunne and Guzan defend the goal.
Chase makes a late save to keep a scoreless second half.
Jordan picks up a late yellow card.
Sheanon Williams and Chase salute the fans.
For additional photos please check out Earl Gardner’s Flickr page.