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Game Thread — Full-time: San Jose Earthquakes 1 -Philadelphia Union 1

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Philadelphia Union and San Jose share the spoils as both teams can only conjure a single goal

Trey Madara

Full-time

The Union somehow couldn’t convert a chance in the 90th minute as the ball pin-balled around in the San Jose box, and while plenty of Union players hacked away at the ball, the Quakes did just enough to get the ball out of the box.

Later, in stoppage time, Ilsinho had a chance to send the ball into the box, but the ball bobbled up off his first touch and a hand-ball was given.

Ilsinho then fouled a San Jose player about 30 yards out after the Union had done well to clear a dangerous ball in the box, but the resulting free-kick was poor and the teams share the spoils and end the game with a 1-1 draw.


Third Union Sub

Corey Burke on for Borek Dockal

Medunjanin missed a shot in the 80th minute and the Quakes captain Chris Wondolowski was booked in the 81st.


Second Union Sub

The Union stopped a good shot off a set piece, and Fafa Picault did extremely well to stay upright and win the Union a corner in the 70th minute. Ray Gaddis came on for Matthew Real just before the corner.


First Union Sub and Goal

Alejandro Bedoya scored a good goal in the 63rd minute after Fafa Picault did well to get himself a few yards of space and he made a perfect cross for Bedoya to head home.

Right before the goal, Ilsinho came in for David Accam in a like-for-like sub on the wing, with Picault shifting to the left.


60th Minute

The Union had a free kick that San Jose was able to deal with after a yellow card for Qwiberg. The Union made a few attempts at going forward, but it seems as if San Jose look content to try and see this game out with a 1-0 lead.


Halftime

Picault had a great chance on net in the 42nd minute, but Andrew Tardell of the Quakes did a great job to stop his point-blank header and saved another shot from Accam on in first-half stoppage time. Tarbell has kept San Jose in this match as without a few very good saves by him, this match would be at least level.


Quakes score a goal in the 37th minute

The Union were punished for some dodgy defending after dominating possession for almost the entire match. Magnus Eriksson sent in a good shot from outside the box after trailing the initial attack and the San Jose player sent a good shot into the back of the net.


First Half-Hour

David Accam saw yellow in the 23rd minute for a poor challenge on San Jose’s Magnus Eriksson.

Fafa Picault missed a header wide in the 26th minute, but the Union continued to install their will on the match, with very few chances going to the Earthquakes. Bedoya, Medunjanin, and Dockal controlled the midfield well, but given the match against Colorado, all the possession will need to be converted into a goal or two for the Union to get anything out of the match.

Right on the half-hour mark, San Jose won a corner from a good move and shot that Andre Blake had to send out into touch, but the corner was poor, and the Union were able to easily clear the ball.


First 15 Minutes

The Union created a few chances from set pieces, but otherwise the game is pretty level, although the Union have had the lion’s share of possession.

The Union have done well to earn a few corners, and were lucky to escape unscathed from a mistake that left Haris Medunjanin as the last man back.


The Philadelphia Union are back home tonight to take on the San Jose Earthquakes. They come in with a 1-1-1 record after a 3-0 loss on the road to the Colorado Rapids. So far this season, the Union are unbeaten at home and have not been scored upon at Talen Energy Stadium so let’s hope it continues against an Earthquakes team that’s 1-2-0 and has had to travel cross country.

Check out the lineups, how to watch (if you aren’t at the game) and share your score predictions in the comments.


Starting Lineups

There was really only one mystery in the Union 11 this week and that was whether Fafa Picault would start coming off a three-game suspension. With him and David Accam on the wings, the attack will have plenty of pace. Fabian Herbers, who has started all there games for the Union this season, not in the 18.

Reading United alum Fatai Alashe is in the 18 for the visiting San Jose Earthquakes while fellow Reading alum and Yardley native Jimmy Ockford didn’t dress.


How to Watch

Tonight’s game will be broadcast on PHL17. Dave Leno is on the play-by-play and Tommy Smyth is on color. The game is also available to stream (for free) on MLSsoccer.com/live for one more week (games will be behind a pay wall on ESPN+ starting April 12).