After taking a point on the road at Columbus, Philadelphia returned home to PPL Park to take on Toronto FC, and two familiar faces. Former Union captain Danny Califf and 2011 Supplemental Draft Pick Ryan Richter had taken their talents north of the border; Richter would enter in the seventh minute for an injured Darel Russell, while Califf would not see the field.
Philadelphia switched up their Starting XI, putting Sebastien Le Toux at midfield, while slotting Conor Casey and Jack McInerney up top. It's the first time that all three have been on the field together, as the Union decided to sport an experimental 4-1-3-2.
The new formation would provide minimal offensive possession. Philadelphia struggled to get forward with their interior passing, and repeatedly tried to force balls out wide to Le Toux.
Play would pick up in the second half, and something looked ready to give.
Unfortunately for Philadelphia, what gave was their back line.
Ashtone Morgan would find a streaking Robert Earnshaw, who had snuck past Jeff Parke after he pushed too far upfield. Toronto's leading goal scorer wouldn't let the opportunity in the 70th minute slip away, as the Welshman would lift a left footed shot over MacMath to make it 1-0.
It seemed as though all hope for any points at home were lost, especially after head referee Storin Stoica took away what should have been a Union goal in the 90th minute. Goalie Joe Bendik would fumble with a Keon Daniel free kick, causing him to scramble back for the ball. Both Jack McInerney and Bendik would get there at the same time, with McInerney able to poke it into the back of the net, but the referee ruled the Toronto keeper had possession.
But the 20 year old striker would not be denied of a goal, his fourth in sixth contests. It would come in the 93rd minute on a Sheanon Williams throw in, as the ball would eventually land in front of McInerney after a shot wide from Conor Casey.
It was a lucky break for Philadelphia, who were able to salvage a point at home. They should have had three.
Bendik was able to turn away 10 Union shots, including what should have been the game winner in the 94th minute. Newcomer Kleberson was able to send a picture perfect through ball onto the foot of Antoine Hoppenot, but the Princeton alum was unable to get the shot past Bendik.
It was a strong debut for the 33 year old Kleberson, who came on the 79th minute after replacing Raymon Gaddis. He was able to put shots on frame on multiple occasions, helping to supply some energy and pressure to what was a dormant Union offense.
A point is a point nonetheless, but these are the type of games the Union are expected to capture all three points.
They'll be back at it on Sunday, April 21st, as they meet with D.C. United for the first time this year on national television.