In Atheltic’s final home game of the season, a disalowed goal and a family equalizer damaged Hartford’s home field advantage hopes with a one all draw with Philidelphia Union ll.
In the first half, corners were the overriding theme. Hartford won a total of six in the first half, but it wasnt until the 7th in the 45th minute, that it worked in their favor. Sam Strong’s powerful header off of a Danny Barrera corner put Athletic in front 1-0!
At halftime, Hartford made three changes to personnel for the second half. Aiden Mesias, Idan Cohen and Marcus Naglestad came on to provide something different. Youngster Alfonso Vasquez had a great opportunity to put Athletic two nil up, his one time shot went just over the bar in the 66th minute.
In the 75th minute the wrong McGlynn found some open space in the box. Conor McGlynn’s brother, Jack, finished off a slick passing move from Philadelphia. His low hard shot went by Parfait Mandanda to tie it up at one a piece.
In the 88th minute, Hartford thought they had taken all three points. A cross found the foot of Conor McGlynn at the backpost and Dillon stadium erupted. To the dismay of the Athletic faithful, the goal was taken off. Sam Strong wrongfully pushed the Union ll goalkeeper over and the game stayed at one all. There were some late flurries of attack but Hartford couldnt find the winning goal.
Home field advantage picture:
Group F leaders Pittsburgh play two more games, one against Hartford and one against Philadelphia Union ll. The Riverhounds need to lose those two games for Athletic to have a mathematical chance. The Boys in Green also need to win their final three games, the first coming Saturday against Pittsburgh.
Shots (On-Target): Hartford Athletic 9 (3) - 8 (4) Philadelphia
Corners: Hartford Athletic 7-7 Philadelphia
Fouls: Hartford Athletic 13-10 Philadelphia
Offsides: Hartford Athletic 5-0 Philadelphia
Possession: Hartford Athletic 57.2%-42.8% Philadelphia
Passing Accuracy: Hartford Athletic 81.5%-71.1% Philadelphia
Saves: Hartford Athletic 3-2 Philadelphia
45+2' - Sam Strong (Danny Barrera) 1-0
76' - Conor McGlynn (Anthony Sorenson) 1-1
56' - Idan Cohen (Yellow)
68' - Mads Jørgensen (Yellow)
88' - Sam Strong (Yellow)
90' - Paxten Aaronson (Yellow)
HARTFORD ATHLETIC STARTING LINEUP:
35 (GK) Parfait Mandanda; 24 (D) Sam Strong, 4 (D) Kevin Politz, 2 (D) Alex Lara; 6 (MF) Arthur Rogers; 10 (MF) Danny Barrera (Aiden Mesias 45'), 80 (MF) Justin Haak (Idan Cohen 45'), 8 (MF) Mads Jørgensen (Conor McGlynn 77'), 16 (MF) Gabriel Torres (Tyreke Johnson 63'); 17 (F) Alfonso Vazquez, 11 (F) Alex Dixon (Markus Naglestad 45')
PHILADELPHIA UNION II STARTING LINEUP:
1 (GK) Matt Freese; 60 (D) Nathan Harriel, 61 (D) Dante Huckaby, 50 (D) Brandan Craig, 62 (D) Anthony Sorenson; 43 (MF) Steve Kingue (Patrick Bohui 67'), 39 (MF) David Rabadan (Danny Flores 67'), 59 (MF) Axel Picazo (Selmir Miscic 64'), 65 (MF) Jack McGlynn, 70 (MF) Paxten Aaronson; 68 (F) Caden Stafford (Issa Rayyan 73')