Friendly Recap (Aka What Is Gleaned From A Short Video): Municipal Perez Zeledon 1 - 0 Philadelphia Union

(H/T to our favorite BigSoccer member, Zman Gunner, for finding the video)

The Philadelphia Union lost the first friendly of their preseason trip to Costa Rica, falling 1-0 to current Primera División de Costa Rica leaders - three points clear of Deportivo Saprissa - Municipal Perez Zeledon.

A one minute video, uploaded by Costa Rican news outlet Everardo Herrera, shows the Union and Municipal Perez finishing the first half in a scoreless draw, then giving up a second half goal that was the eventual winner.


Colombian striker Lionard Pajoy started up front with former first overall pick Danny Mwanga, with Keon Daniel, Gabriel Gomez, Porfirio Lopez, Carlos Valdes, Danny Califf, Zac MacMath and Sheanon Williams also identifiable at the start. Costa Rican news outlet Al Dia reports that Josue Martinez also was a starter in the game.

Some of the starters previously mentioned appear to have played into the second half, in addition to Roger Torres (who appears to take a free kick about halfway through the video), rookie striker Chandler Hoffman, Krystian Witkowski, a Supplemental draft pick, and former Polish under-18 international midfielder, Antoine Hoppenot, Jimmy McLaughlin and Gabriel Farfan.

The projected starting back four in 2012 - (left to right) Lopez, Califf, Valdes and Williams - were still playing at the time of the goal, with the tape showing goalkeeper trialist Chris Konopka, formerly of the New York Red Bulls, in net. Valdes is knocked down on the play, forced off of the ball by Luciano Bostal. The Municipal Perez player was also able to hold off Zach Pfeffer before beating Konopka on a shot to the far post.

Witkowski had the best Union opportunity in the video, missing slightly wide to the left of the goal after receiving a through ball from Michael Farfan.

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