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Union earn a point in Los Angeles with three goals; Glesnes scores first MLS goal

March 9, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Philadelphia Union News Release

Los Angeles, Ca. - The Philadelphia Union earned a point on the road when they faced off against LAFC Sunday night. The two clubs exchanged goals in 90+ minutes of play that resulted in a 3-3 draw. Jakob Glesnes registered his first career MLS goal with the Union off a 40-yard free kick in the first half. Additionally, Sérgio Santos scored his fifth career goal and registered his second career assist. and Brenden Aaronson netted the fourth goal of his MLS career. The Union return to Subaru Park for their home opener on Saturday, March 14 vs. the San Jose Earthquakes in the 2020 home opener (7:30 p.m. ET /PHL 17).

Philadelphia Union 3 - LAFC 3

Banc of California Stadium (Los Angles, Calif.)

Sunday, March 8, 2020


Referee: Chris Penso

Assistant Referees: Corey Rockwell, Jeremy Hanson

Fourth Official: Alex Chilowicz

VAR: Timothy Ford

Attendance: 22,112

Weather: 58 degrees and clear


PHI - Sérgio Santos (Jamiro Monteiro) 29'

LFC - Carlos Vela 38'

PHI - Jakob Glesnes 48'

LFC - Diego Rossi (Mark-Anthony Kaye) 49'

PHI - Brenden Aaronson (Sérgio Santos) 69'

LFC - Eddie Segura 71'


PHI - Raymon Gaddis (caution) 33'

PHI - José Martínez (caution) 43'

LFC - Diego Palacios (caution) 45+2'

PHI - Alejandro Bedoya (caution) 45+5'

PHI - Anthony Fontana (caution) 90+6'


Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Raymon Gaddis, Jakob Glesnes, Mark McKenzie, Matt Real; Alejandro Bedoya (Anthony Fontana, 84'), José Martínez (Jack Elliot, 90+4'), Jamiro Monteiro, Brenden Aaronson; Kacper Przybyłko, Sérgio Santos (Ilsinho, 72')

Substitutes not used: Joe Bendik, Andrew Wooten, Michee Ngalina, Olivier Mbaizo

Los Angeles FC: Keith Vermeer; Tristan Blackmon, Eddie Segura, Diego Palacios (Mohamed El-Munir, 81'), Dejan Jakovic (Francisco Ginella, 73'); Latif Blessing, Eduard Atuesta, Mark-Anthony Kaye (Bryce Duke, 69') ; Brian Rodríguez, Carlos Vela, Diego Rossi

Substitutes not used: Pablo Sisniega, Jordan Harvey, Alejandro Guido, Aadrien Pérez


Goalkeeper Andre Blake made eight saves on the night, just two shy of his all-time record of 10. The last time Blake stopped eight shots was 4/21/2018 in a road match against FC Dallas.

José Martínez made his Philadelphia Union debut, getting the start at defensive midfield, playing 90 minutes, winning 11 duels, completing 85.3% of his team-high 34 passes and registering a match-best five interceptions on the night.

Centerback Jakob Glesnes followed up his Union debut last week with another start and his first-ever career MLS goal, a long-distance free kick that gave Philadelphia a 2-1 lead in the 48th minute.

The six total goals scored tonight was the most in a Union match since Philadelphia's 4-3 playoff win over the New York Red Bulls (10/20/19). This marks the 4th-ever 3-3 score line in Union history with the last coming on 4/22/17 in a home match against Montreal. The most combined goals ever scored in a Union match stand at eight which has occurred four times.

For the second match in a row, four Homegrown players played for the Union. Mark McKenzie, Brenden Aaronson and Matt Real started for the second straight match with Anthony Fontana making a substitute appearance for the second straight match. Aaronson scored his 4th-career goal tonight, giving the Union a 3-2 lead in the 69th minute. Three Union Homegrown players were also named to the USA Concacaf Olympic Qualifying roster with McKenzie, Aaronson and Matt Freese making the cut.

The Union return to Subaru Park on Saturday, March 14 vs. the San Jose Earthquakes in the 2020 home opener (7:30 p.m. ET /PHL 17).

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