Despite playing the entire second half down a player, the Philadelphia Union managed to draw an advantageous penalty kick, leading to the lone goal of the match, handing the San Jose Earthquakes a disappointing 1-0 loss at PPL Park in Philly.
Union Defender Jordan Harvey got a red card in the 41st minute with a controversial slide into the Quake’s Chris Leitch that appeared to be less that worthy of the call. But The Quakes lucky break quickly became irrelevant.
Sebastien Le Toux scored a 76th minute PK after a terrible hand ball call on the Quakes Jason Hernandez inside the box. It was Le Toux’s first goal of the season, leading to an important 3 points for Philadelphia.
There were 4 yellow cards drawn in this match as well, two for each team as the sloppy play and frustration was evident throughout the game.
The Quakes drop to 1-4-2 with the loss, and now will have to regroup quickly as they face the Portland Timbers on Tuesday in a U.S. Cup match.
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