The Union played another game Saturday night, which means another Cory Burke goal.
The 26-year-old Jamaican international made it eight goals in nine starts now when he headed home an equalizer off a Borek Dockal pass in the first half against Orlando City.
Dockal’s assist was his 14th of the season, which tied him for the league lead with Kaku, but unfortunately the Union playmaker didn’t stay on the field through halftime, limping off with a knock after a hard tackle. This gave Derrick Jones a chance to be more than a closer and the results were somewhat mixed from the homegrown.
Fafa Picault took seven shots, hitting woodwork on one that appeared off his foot to be headed to the back of the net, and finally got one to go when the Union needed it most. His individual effort dancing through the Lions defense and firing off a shot aided by a deflection to beat Joe Bendik looked like every bit a game winner with two minutes and stoppage to go.
But steady as Ray Gaddis — now the Union’s all-time leader in minutes and regular season starts — he was punished in the back on Orlando’s stoppage time equalizer.
The post acted like a fifth defender on a shot in the first half that nearly put the Union in a 2-0 hole. Fortunately, after hitting the post the ball came back out right into the arms of Andre Blake. Blake had only one save to make on the night.
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