Highlights and context: Philadelphia and Toronto draw
We talked earlier this week about strikers who just score
Two of the top early examples are Philadelphia’s Jack McInerney and Toronto’s Robert Earnshaw. They may not create a lot for others, and their off the ball movement may not slice open defenses the way someone with, say, Robbie Keane’s experience can. But get them around goal and they sure know how to finish.
Let’s cover this ground one more time while we review a 1-1 draw between Philadelphia and Toronto.
Robert Earnshaw took advantage of wobbly Philadelphia defensive moment – in soccer parlance, they Union back line “switched off” – and Earnshaw scored for the visitors at PPL Park against the run of play. Amobi Okugo seemed to be the Union man most guilty of holding Earnshaw onside, slow to pull himself in line with fellow Philly defenders.
Earnshaw’s fifth goal this year puts the first-year MLS man in a tie for league leadership with Mike Magee, who plays later tonight.
As you watch the highlights, check out the Welshman’s perfectly weighted first touch, just far enough to get himself into great shooting position, but not close enough to allow Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath to gobble up the opportunity.
McInerney’s third goal this year was the simplest of finishes, abetted by some egregious Toronto ball watching. On the other hand, he had the awareness to stay free at the back post rather than being drawn closer to the ball and the mayhem happening nearer to the front post.
The full highlight pack: