Amobi Okugo scoring the game's first goal. - USA TODAY Sports
Philadelphia was able to take home their first victory of the 2013 season, thanks to goals from Jack McInerney and Amobi Okugo.
After a day's postponement, the Philadelphia Union and Colorado Rapids were finally able to meet in the Rapids 2013 home opener. Conor Casey's homecoming in Colorado was spoiled by a hamstring injury, and in his place coach John Hackworth tapped Jack McInerney to start up top with Sebastien Le Toux.
The first half of play was incredibly sloppy for the two teams, as both struggled to sustain quality offensive opportunities.
Philadelphia had an opportunity to score on a dangerous free kick just outside the box, but despite freezing goalkeeper Matt Pickens, Keon Daniel's shot hit off the outside of the post. The scoring deadlock finally came to an end in the 34th minute, as Amobi Okugo headed in a corner kick from Sebastien Le Toux.
It would be the first goal of Okugo's young MLS career. Although the Rapids controlled possession 63.5-36.7 percent, it was Philadelphia who had a 1-0 lead going into the half.
But just like last week, a nonchalant second half forced them to spend most of their time in the defensive zone, and eventually, Colorado made the Union pay.
Philadelphia could not get back in transition and a confused back line allowed Jamie Smith to send one past last week, tying the game in the 68th minute. Times like that one is when Carlos Valdes is dearly missed, as no one has stepped up to be a vocal leader.
Despite making two defensive substitutions, Antoine Hoppenot was brought on in hopes of getting a game winner, and was able to do just that. The former Princeton star was able to make a cross body pass onto the foot of Jack McInerney, who beat Pickens.
McInerney's first goal of the 2013 MLS season would seal Colorado's fate, and Philadelphia escaped with three points.
Sunday featured a game offensively dominated by Colorado, but Philadelphia found a way to persist.
The Union return home next week, as they take on the New England Revolution.