Union find win in first ever international friendly

Posted on 14 July 2010 by Breton Bonnette

The Union line-up before their first international friendly vs. Celtic FC

On a night filled with traffic, rain, lightning, and much flooding, Union fans braved the elements (about 13,000+) to see their Union beat storied Celtic FC of the Scottish Premier League 1-0 on a well-taken Sebastien Le Toux goal.

Regular starters Alejandro Moreno and Chris Seitz sat out this affair with Brad Knighton taking the reins in goal instead. Eduardo Coudet, a 35-year old journeyman who has been with the team for several weeks now, got his first competitive minutes in front of the Union fans. The midfielder, last seen with Colon de Santa Fe, looked composed and fluid on the ball, a comparable pairing with Stefani Miglioranzi. The difference? He had real vision, threading the through pass that found Sebastien Le Toux for the first goal of the game. Regardless, from the gun, it was all Union. Quarterbacked by trialist Coudet, the Union took advantage of the general sloppiness seen in plenty of European squads as the preseason begins. The Le Toux goal fell in the 23rd minute after a period of dominant possession. Celtic had their first chance of the match in the 33rd minute after Danny Califf stiff arm dropped young Hoops forward Paul McGowan. The resulting free kick was ripped by centerback Jos Hooiveld narrowly missing Brad Knighton’s goal. Celtic started to gain momentum with the remaining minutes of the first half, finding space in the midfield and effectively snuffing out Union attacks, but at the half – Le Toux’s goal still stood as the decider.

The positives of international friendlies? Generally great competition and a chance to either take some chances tactically or solidify the . The negatives? After a tough tackle at midfield, 19-year old Roger Torres has to be stretchered off. Things were getting a bit chippy before Torres went down a  lower-leg injury and replaced by Andrew Jacobson. Fortunately, the diminutive playmaker was able to head off to the locker room under his own power after a while, albeit on crutches. That’s the risk you run with these “friendlies”.

After wholesale changes to the line up in the second half, a much younger looking Union took their turn against the Scottish giants. The pace slowed considerably as both sides were trying to figure each other out. Generally deployed in a defensive, ball-winning role, it was Andrew Jacobson that looked bright early on with a creativity and composure that Union fans weren’t particularly used to seeing. The play overall was docile with neither side controlling the flow. The youth on the Union’s end was apparent up front but third-string keeper Brian Perk came to play. When called upon, he was confident in his decision-making and aggressive in one on one situations. The half came and went with very little to write home about but the youthful Union did their job in keeping Celtic’s attack less than effective (until the last 5 minutes or so). A bit alarming, however, that nothing was produced on the attacking end for an entire half by Jack McInerney and company.

Union fans, what did you take from the 1-0 win? Who was your MVP of the match?

Much more to come…pictures, press conference video, and player ratings.

Philadelphia Union Starting Lineup




R. Torres———————————————————————-Fred

————————Le Toux——————Mwanga————————-

Celtic FC Starting Lineup



Caddis——————Crosas—————S. Brown—————–McCourt


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