February 22, 2017
Union squanders leads in playing to 2-2 tie with Montreal Impact
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Ilsinho and C.J. Sapong scored for the Philadelphia Union, which twice squandered the lead in playing to a 2-2 tie with the Montreal Impact in a Suncoast Invitational match at the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex Wednesday night.
The Union (1-0-1 in the tournament) took the lead as Ilsinho took a pass from Fabian Herbers and fired past Maxime Crepeau from 25 yards in the 34th minute. The Union created an early chance, captain Alejandro Bedoya just failing to connect with a leaping header off a fourth-minute Jay Simpson cross. The Union’s Andre Blake dove right to stop a 14th-minute volley and then halted a breakaway off the re-start following Ilsinho’s goal.
John McCarthy replaced Blake and Roland Alberg went in for Derrick Jones, Bedoya retreating to a holding position in midfield, after halftime. Nick DePuy equalized off a Chris Duvall centering pass in the 68th minute. Sapong’s 70th-minute sliding attempt was saved just before the goalline. In the 76th minute, McCarthy stopped DePuy in a 1 v 1 situation. Union Academy 17-year-old Anthony Fontana replaced Herbers in the 77th minute, his second appearance of the preseason.
Sapong broke the deadlock, going to his knees to head in a Ken Tribbett header off a Brian Carroll feed in the 82nd minute. Anthony Jackson-Hamel equalized with a deflected shot in the 90th minute.