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Photo Essay: Red cards and Danny Cruz…Union 2-2 Seattle

PSP photographer Michael Long shares his look at Saturday’s Philadelphia Union’s 2-2 draw with Seattle.

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Saturday’s Union match against the Seattle Sounders was both physical and hard fought.

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Seattle opened the scoring early, slipping a goal past Zac MacMath and Jack McInerney.

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It was the only goal of the first half.

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Sheanon Williams and Alex Caskey battle in the air.

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Danny Cruz closes in on the rebound that will finish with his first goal of the day.

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Celebration: Union 1-1 Sounders.

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88 seconds after his first strike, Cruz made it Union 2-1 Sounders.

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Cruz celebrates No. 2…

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…and is mobbed once again by his teammates…

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…and is applauded by the River End.

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Cruz didn’t stop battling.

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The Sounders however, would not be deterred and soon evened the scoreline.

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The match soon became intensely physical.

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 Referee Jorge Gonzalez took too long to intervene and both teams paid for it with a punishment that was out of proportion with the crime.

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Williams and Neagle exit the game early.

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 Things continued to heat up.

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 Brian Carroll is taken down by this tackle.

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 Antoine Hoppenot reacts after being intentionally kneed in the head by Eddie Johnson. That would result in just a yellow. A no-call handball in the box in stoppage time would result in the Union losing two points on the day.

One Comment

  1. Andy Muenz says:

    Next time please let me know when you are taking a photo so I’m not looking away!

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