McInerney’s late goal gives Union draw at Toronto
McInerney score on a low shot through traffic after some extended pressure from Philadelphia (5-5-5). He also scored in stoppage time to give the Union a 1-1 draw at home against Toronto on April 1.
Toronto (1-7-6) was playing with just 10 men after 41 minutes and extended its MLS winless streak to 11 matches.
“I’m really proud of the guys,” Toronto coach Ryan Nelson said. “The work ethic they put in and the determination. We still looked good when we had the ball. I can’t fault the players. They were absolutely fantastic … They worked really hard, they’re gutted. They’re absolutely gutted in there.”
McInerney came into the game tied for the league lead with nine goals, and also had an MLS-best five game-winning scores.
Rookie midfielder Jonathan Osorio scored in the 66th minute for struggling Toronto. New Zealand substitute Jeremy Brockie set up the goal with a fine swerving cross from the right flank. The 20-year-old Osorio flung himself at the ball and scored on a header for his third goal.
Dutch striker Danny Koevermans was introduced for Toronto in the 86th minute, returning after more than 10 months out due to knee surgery.
Each team received three yellow cards in the chippy match.
Toronto dominated the first half but managed just one shot on goal in the opening 45 minutes and was down a man after defender Doneil Henry was sent off for a second yellow in the closing minutes.
Philadelphia’s Brian Carroll received a yellow card in the 25th minute, and Union goalie Zac McMath and Henry both received one in the 27th minute after a confrontation that saw McMath object to Henry getting in his way while trying to kick the ball away.
Nelsen accused MacMath of assaulting his player, but said he was let off the hook by an inexperienced referee. “That’s a sending off,” he said.
“We always seem to get the inexperienced referees,” Nelsen added. “That’s life. Someone’s going to have them. But they keep making inexperienced decisions. And we seem to be on the end of them.”
Henry was sent off by referee Geoff Gamble in the 41st for a red card when he took down Danny Cruz on the edge of the box.
Koevermans had no complaints with the officiating.
“Is the referee to blame today? No,” the straight-shooting Dutchman said of Gamble, who was working his 22nd career MLS game. “He did what he had to do.”
A poor free kick by Daniel helped Toronto escape further damage.
Toronto assistant coach Fran O’Leary, who clearly had plenty to say, waited for Gamble as the referee left the field after the first half.