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Philadelphia Union

PHILADELPHIA UNION

February 4, 2014
SOLID START
Union open preseason with 1-1 draw against New England


Jack McInerney’s goal gave the Union a 1-1 preseason draw with New England on Tuesday.
Jack McInerney’s goal gave the Union a 1-1 preseason draw with New England on Tuesday.
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DELTONA, Fla. – Jack McInerney scored to help the Philadelphia Union open their preseason campaign with a 1-1 draw against the New England Revolution Tuesday at the Dewey O. Boster Sports Complex. The match, which was divided into three 30-minute periods, was the Union’s first competitive action ahead of the 2014 season.

The Union starting lineup was stocked with familiar faces, including Sheanon Williams, Ray Gaddis, Brian Carroll, Conor Casey and Sebastien Le Toux, as well as Philadelphia debutants Maurice Edu, Argentine Cristian Maidana and defender 2014 MLS SuperDraft selection Richie Marquez.

McInerney opened the Union’s account midway through the second 30-minute interval, making made a run behind the Revolution defense to reach a slick pass from midfielder Michael Lahoud. With one touch, McInerney blasted the ball near post to give the Union the lead. New England equalized shortly before the end of the second period on a goal from Evan Melo, who collected a cross from Donnie Smith before firing into the net.

The Union created several chances to seal the win in the waning minutes of the final period. The best opportunity came when forward Aaron Wheeler got his head on the end of a cross to send the ball on frame, but New England goalkeeper Brad Knighton knocked it out of play.


   
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