Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
By Blake Blechner
LAFC took to the pitch last night to face off with the Philadelphia Union. A late start for the fans in Philly, 10:30 PM ET! Which ended up starting at 11. The Union came in looking to get their season started, coming off a 2-0 loss. They did just that and the match turned out to be much more exciting than lots expected.
Talking to fans at the tailgate, which takes place hours before each match, not much was expected from the Union. They are a much smaller MLS Club, playing their first season in 2010. My friend just learned about them last night. They are also home of the legendary stripe kit.
Almost 30 minutes after kickoff, Philadelphia shocked the stadium, where Sergio Santos got the first goal of the match.
Luckily for the Black and Gold, Carlos Vela was there to tie it up, scoring off a free kick 9 minutes later. A historic one for him, as that was his 50th MLS goal, the third fastest to reach that mark. That was also his 12th consecutive home game with a goal, an MLS record.
Tied up at the half, the Union and LAFC traded goals, with Glesnes and Rossi getting on the board. 2-2.
It happened again in the 69th minute, when Aaronson and Segura extended the score to 3-3. There would be no last minute winner that night, as that was the last time a ball would touch the back of the net.
You can catch the Black and Gold on Thursday at 7:30, when they take on Cruz Azul in the Concacaf Champions League.