The Union’s season opener was a back and forth affair that ended in a 2-2 draw with Toronto. The first half saw some great soccer from the Union. But due to bad refereeing and a mistake, costed the Union a potential win. Jay Simpsons and CJ Sapong scored the two Union goals.
First half, saw good play from the Union. In the first ten minutes, both Herbers and Bedoya were able to put quality crosses into the box, but the team was unable to get good touches on them. Then in the 11th minute, Medunjanin crossed a ball into the left side of the box. Chris Pontius then headed the ball towards the center of the 6 yard box, where Jay Simpson headed it past the goalkeeper. Giving the Union a one to nothing lead and giving Simpson his first goal with the Union. For the rest of the first half, the Union controlled the tempo. In the 32nd minute, Medunjanin took a quick re-start and launched a ball into the 18 yard box, where Fabian Herbers was making a run into the box, however he was pulled down and the Union were given a free kick. Bedoya took the pk but hit the lower side of the crossbar and was unable to convert the pk. In the dying moments of the first half, Toronto was awarded a free kick. During the kick, the referee called a penalty on Derrick Jones, inside the box, who was guarding Jozy Altidore, who went down easily. Jozy Altidore converted the pk to make it 1-1.
The second half saw a tighter game between the two teams. Toronto opened up the scoring, after catching the Union sleeping. In the 71th minute, Toronto was given a free kick which they took a quick re-start to catch the Union off guard. The kick found Justin Morrow inside the box with plenty of time to control the ball and get a shot past Blake to make it 2-1 Toronto. The Union were not behind for long as two minutes later, Herbers with a great weighted ball through the Toronto defense, connected with CJ Sapong who dribbled around the goalkeeper and slipped the ball into the back of the net to make it 2-2.
The Union will fly to Orlando next weekend to take on Orlando City SC.