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A late goal from Simon Dawkins tarnishes the Union's perfect home record.

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The ten-man San Jose Earthquakes rallied to steal a point from the Philadelphia Union, who had been perfect at home up to that point. Simon Dawkins's late goal equalled out Chris Pontius's first-half strike.

The Union got their goal off a 30th-minute corner kick. After earning a corner, Pontius rose up to head home Tranquillo Barnetta's immaculate cross. The goal brings Pontius to four on the season, his highest single-year total since his 12-goal season in 2012.

In a recreation of some of the Goonies magic of 2012, Jamaican international Simon Dawkins tore up the Union defense to find the equalizer in the 83rd minute. A horrid clearance from Josh Yaro fell right to Dawkins, who beat a number of Union players--Yaro among them--before slotting home from 15 yards.

With the draw, the Union's home record drops to 3-0-1. They'll host the LA Galaxy on May 11th.

Notes:

  • The Union began to lose control after Godoy received his second yellow card in the 59th minute. When both teams started to turn to their bench, Curtin made a trio of like-for-like swaps as he replaced his entire attacking midfield. Ilsinho, Leo Fernandes, and Fabian Herbers were not able to match the offensive dynamism of Pontius, Barnetta, and Sebastien Le Toux.
  • Keegan Rosenberry had a fantastic game at right back. He did well to recognize his opponents' cross-field switches and ensure that they didn't reach their intended target. His 1v1 game was markedly better on Saturday as well. Rosenberry wasn't as involved in the attack as he has been in previous games, but he still managed to fire off a great cross in the 18th minute that nearly gave the Union the lead.
  • In his second start of the season, Tranquillo Barnetta's motor was on full display. The central attacking midfielder constantly looked to accelerate the tempo of the game, as he looked forward whenever he was on the ball. In addition to serving up the corner that produced the Union's first goal, he played the initial ball that forced San Jose to concede the corner in the first place.
  • Richie Marquez had a monster game in the center of defense. Marquez's reading of the game and strength in the tackle are huge reasons why San Jose were held without a goal until the 83rd minute.
  • In for a not-yet-fully-fit Ilsinho, Sebastien Le Toux put on a crossing clinic. The Union's depth on the wings continues to serve them well.