The Philadelphia Fury played its sister club the AC Crusaders to a thrilling 1-1 draw on Saturday in American Soccer League action. The match took place at Washington Township High School in Sewell, NJ and gave fans a great night in action in the Fury's home finale.
The team was missing captain Josh Danza who was on national team duty with Puerto Rico, but had a new addition in Jeremiah White who was making his team debut and was very impressive. White was very fast in the middle of the pitch and was a constant scoring threat. He was part of the opening score for the Fury when his corner kick found Scott McCoubrey to give the team an early lead in the 13th minute.
Goalkeeping played an integral part in the match as starting keeper Tetsuya Okuda was tested many times in the match stopping many shots from AC, trying to gain the three points for the Fury. While Mike Randall for the Crusaders doing the same at the other end of the field as
The second half saw Philadelphia try to stop the Crusader barrage. It was successful untill the 90th minute as Dodji Fritas scored for AC tying the match and ending the Soccer Factory Derby in a draw.
For Head Coach Cris Vaccaro while a disappointing loss, there was still some good that came out of it. "I think we were very aggressive the way we played and we played the ball very well," said Vaccaro. Everything we did tonight what was we strived for and tonight it was clicking."
The Fury's next match is against league leaders Western Mass in another match that will have very large playoff implications. It was announced during the match the ASL Final will be on July 3rd. If the Fury want to be part of it they will need a good result on the road in New England.