The Philadelphia Union entered San Jose with little optimistic possibility of making the playoffs, and while they still have that, they left with three more points and a good-feeling 2-1 victory.
Bullet points due to the late West Coast kickoff time.
- Following a scoreless first half consisting of only one shot on target, the San Jose Earthquakes got on the board first on a penalty kick. While the foul was unclear at first, replays showed Fabinho needlessly deflected a bouncing ball over his head with his hand. Really. Chris Wondolowski took the penalty and slotted the ball past McCarthy, giving the Union a 1-0 deficit.
- If only Wondo could have scored against Belgium when he had an opportunity of similar difficulty from the run of play in the 2014 World Cup. I'm still bitter.
- The Union were able to pull level in the 74th minute. Vincent Nogueira sent a ball to Ray Gaddis who sent a long cross into the box. The cross found Conor Casey who was able to leap up and head the ball on net for a sublime header past goalkeeper David Bingham. It was the first goal the Earthquakes had conceded in over 400 minutes, and one the Union had earned.
- In the 86th minute the Union found themselves able to take a lead to complete their comeback. Tranquillo Barnetta sent in a free kick from distance into the box which Casey was able to make a run to latch on to and send it past Bingham for the 2-1 lead that would not relent.
- Until Fabinho's handball I wasn't entirely sure this official knew penalties were a think that exist.
- Conor Casey may or may not be a robot.
Up next for the Union is a home match against the Columbus Crew. The Union may not have strong playoff odds, but they will still seek to close out the season on a high note in their last six MLS games.