Ken Tribbett scored his first MLS goal to rescue a road point for Philadelphia Union against Orlando City on Wednesday night.
The Union went ahead in the 52nd minute when Tranquillo Barnetta scored his second of the season, but goals from Kevin Molino in the 68th minute and Cyle Larin in the 71st put Orlando ahead. In the 75th minute, Tribbett found a loose ball after a Union corner kick to make sure Philadelphia took a point from the match.
An uneven first half’s best moment was a penalty save from Andre Blake on Kaka in the 36th minute, who he fouled trying to make a play on the ball coming out of his goal. Both of Orlando’s goals had Union players questioning the referee, with Molino’s looking like it came after a possible foul on Blake and Larin’s appearing to not cross the goal line. Nevertheless, Philadelphia showed resilience to fight back and earn the draw.
Jim Curtin made no changes to the team that defeated D.C. United on Friday night, with Ilsinho and Vincent Nogueira deemed not healthy enough to be named in the 18.
An uneven first half saw few opportunities for either side. Orlando pinned the Union deep but failed to create many chances despite dominating in possession.
Kaka was shown a yellow card in the 32nd minute for an off-the-ball foul on Sebastien Le Toux, in which it looked like the Brazilian hit the Union midfielder in the head with his arm.
Kaka was also involved in the first half’s best scoring opportunity, earning a penalty kick in the 36th minute. Andre Blake was judged to have fouled the Orlando captain after he was played in down the left side. But Kaka’s penalty was poor, and Blake was able to get down quickly to his right and push the shot away.
Philadelphia was forced to make a substitution right on the stroke of halftime, with defender Josh Yaro having to give way for Ken Tribbett after suffering a shoulder injury.
The second half was a much more open affair, and can be attributed to the Union’s improved pressure on Orlando higher up the field.
Barnetta got the scoring started in the 51st minute, scoring his second goal of the season, with both coming against Orlando. Tribbett played a deep free kick into the Orlando box that Chris Pontius did very well to climb high and win, heading the ball across the Orlando box. An unmarked Barnetta was on hand to volley in from 8 yards with a composed finish.
The Union had a great chance to double their lead in the 57th minute. C.J. Sapong received the ball well on the top of the box from a feed from Le Toux and had only Joe Bendik to beat from 10 yards. But the Orlando goalkeeper made himself big and smothered the striker’s shot to his right.
Philadelphia were denied what looked a clear penalty kick in the 72nd minute. Warren Creavalle was fouled by a late, two-footed challenge from David Mateos inside the area. But Storin Stocia was unmoved, despite being in position to make the call. The ball fell to Barnetta at the top of the box and was eventually cleared.
Orlando equalized in the 68th minute through substitute Kevin Molino, who had just entered the match a minute earlier. A deep ball into the box looked to be catching practice for Andre Blake, but a retreating Richie Marquez, along with Orlando’s Larin, made contact with the Union goalkeeper, who couldn’t hold the ball. Molino was on hand to dispatch into the empty net from 18 yards.
The hosts would take the lead in the 71st minute in controversial fashion. Larin latched onto a ball from Brek Shea and chested it toward the Union goal from six yards. Blake appeared to do enough to keep the ball from crossing the line, but the linesman ruled otherwise and awarded a goal. As of this writing, a clear replay from the end line has not been shown.
The Union showed great resilience in responding with a goal of their own just four minutes later in the 75th minute through Tribbett. The Drexel product found a loose ball after Orlando failed to clear a Union corner kick and put a low shot into the right corner of the net from near the penalty spot.
In the 90th minute, Philadelphia had great chance to win the match when a high challenge from Orlando defender David Mateos caught lively substitute Fabian Hebers. Mateos was shown a straight red card for the challenge, and the Union had a free kick just outside the Orlando box. Barnetta looked to repeat his magic from the Union’s last match against Orlando, but his shot was high and did not trouble Bendik.
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Andre Blake, Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Josh Yaro (Ken Tribbett, 45), Keegan Rosenberry, Brian Carroll, Warren Creavalle, Chris Pontius (Fabian Herbers, 70), Tranquillo Barnetta, Sebastien Le Toux (Leo Fernades, 89), CJ Sapong
Unused subs: Matt Jones, Ray Gaddis, Roland Alberg, Walter Restrepo,
Joe Bendik, Brek Shea, David Mateos, Tommy Redding, Kevin Alston, Servando Carrasco, Cristian Higuita, Carlos Rivas (Kevin Molino, 67), Kaka, Adrian Winter (Julio Baptista, 67), Cyle Larin ( Hadji Barry, 84)
Unused subs: Earl Edwards, Antonio Nocerino, Harrison Heath, Luke Boden
PHI — Tranquillo Barnetta (Chris Pontius, Ken Tribbett) — 52
ORL — Kevin Molino — 68
ORL — Cyle Larin (Kaka) — 71
PHI — Ken Tribett — 75
ORL — Kaká (Unsporting Behavior) — 32
PHI — Sebatien Le Toux (Dissent) — 33
ORL — Carlos Rivas (Unsporting Behavior) — 64
PHI — Tranquillo Barnetta (Dissent) — 72
ORL — Servando Carrasco (Unsporting Behavior) — 76
ORL — Cristian Higuita (Unsporting Behavior) — 89
ORL — David Mateos (Red — Serious Foul) — 90 + 3
|Philadelphia Union||Orlando City|
|5||Shots on Target||4|
|1||Shots off Target||4|
|60%||Duels Won %||40%|