What a way to score your first ever MLS Goal. José Martínez had been searching for it for a long time. Union fans will know that he had so many near misses. But last night he finally found the back of the net. And it could not have come at a better time. His highlight reel goal in the 90th minute helped the Union tie the game up, to finish the draw.
It took José Martínez 4 seasons with the Union, 86 shots, and 6,729 minutes. But he made up for lost time. All the long and often wild shots he likes to take, paid off finally. Goals don’t get much prettier or more clutch than that.
Things were not looking good for the Philadelphia Union vs Orlando SC. At the 54th minute Martín Ojeda put Orlando up 2-0. But the Union started to claw back. Jack McGlynn made it a 2-1 game after his long shot found the far post and suck in. The Union got even luckier when a Orlando goal that would have made it 3-1 in the 86th minute got waived off. And that opened the door for José Martínez to play hero.
It is a result the Union badly needed. Things have not been going quite as smoothly as they did the past two seasons. They find themselves way behind Cincinnati for first place. There is 12 points between them and the top of the table. Also in their way is Nashville and New England. But the gap between the Union and those two teams is far more manageable. Still, a slow start to the seaosn has the Union in a place they are not familiar with. 4th place.
Getting that draw, and the all important 1 point, keeps them alive though. They may eventually have to settle for 2nd place, but José Martínez scoring that last second goal could eventually be the difference between 2nd, 3rd, or even 4th place on the table.
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