Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Union
Philadelphia Union tied Orlando City SC 3-3 in a closed-door, 135-minute, closed scrimmage Wednesday in Clearwater, Fla.
C.J. Sapong equalized for the Union in the 120th minute.
The game was split into three, 45-minute periods, as opposed to a standard regulation game. The match was neither televised or streamed online, so information derives primarily from the clubs themselves. Lineups were not available.
Jay Simpson, Ilson, Jr., and Sapong scored for the Union, in the 41st, 49th, and 120th minutes, respectively. Alejandro Bedoya and unsigned draft pick defender/defensive midfielder Jack Elliott assisted on the first and third goals. Ilson, in particular, produced a stunning strike, reproduced in the Twitter video below.
All square after 135 minutes in Orlando with 3 goals for each side.
— Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) February 15, 2017
Will Johnson, Carlos Rivas and Cyle Larin scored for the Lions. The Johnson goal came off a throw-in combination that caught Philadelphia in a fatal half-second’s relaxation at the very death of the first period.
Orlando’s goals are reproduced in the Twitter video below.
— Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) February 16, 2017
- Draft picks still with Union: Santi Moar and Hugh Roberts are in Pennsylvania practicing with Bethlehem Steel FC. (Moar is already under contract with Bethlehem.) Aaron Jones and Chris Nanco are the other two unsigned draft picks besides Elliott.
- McCarthy in goal: Andre Blake was not available for the Union and was replaced in goal by John McCarthy, who appears to have surrendered all three Orlando goals. It’s not clear if he played the whole game.
- No live stream: Sorry, everyone. We wanted to watch this game too. We’re hoping the upcoming preseason games are live-streamed. If they are, PSP will have much more in-depth coverage.