Carlos Ruiz seems to be a lucky name when it comes to teams in Philadelphia. In front of a sold out crowd yesterday at PPL Park, “El Pescadito” scored the game’s only goal against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
When watching the game yesterday, the thing that stood out the most to me was the improvements that have been made by the Union’s defense this year. With goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon leading the back half, defenders Danny Califf and Jordan Harvey were able to give the team another clean sheet for the second week in a row. (In comparison, the Union only had two celan sheets last year.) In the 77th minute, an exchange between Stefani Miglioranzi and Sebastien Le Toux led to a goal by Carlos Ruiz.
The match was overrun with penalties, 7 yellow cards handed out with an ejection given to Eric Hassli by referee Yader Reyes. Three of the yellow cards were handed out to union players: Danny Califf, Kyle Nakazawa, and Danny Mwanga.
In the new white jerseys, the Union had an impressive outing in front of their hometown crowd. They are first in the eastern conference with their undefeated record.
Next week they’ll be playing the LA Galaxy with known soccer stars Landon Donovan and David Beckham at the Home Depot Center on May 2nd at 10:30pm.