The Union played D.C. United to a 1-1 draw in front of around 1,700 fans at the Dewey O. Boster Sports Complex in Deltona, Fla. on Wednesday.
Forward Chandler Hoffmann got the Union on the board with a goal in the 39th minute. Rookie defender Don Anding drove past his man on the left side before crossing a low ball over the center of the goal, which Hoffman then put in the back of the net.
D.C. United responded in the second half after Kyle Porter put a penalty-shot goal past Union keeper Chris Konopka.
“We gave up the penalty, which was unfortunate, but it was a really good exercise for both teams, and it’s nice to be able to do this in this kind of an atmosphere,” Union manager John Hackworth said. “Overall, we’re not going to walk away thinking that we played fantastic, but that’s what these games are for.”
The Union have practiced at the Dewey O. Boster Sports Complex as part of the preseason training in Florida the past two weeks. The team will face D.C. United again this Saturday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at 1 p.m. for their final preseason matchup.
Before the game the Union waived midfielder Alex Mendoza and defender Damani Richards.
Mendoza, who was signed on Jan. 24, is a product of the Harrisburg City Islanders Academy. The 22-year-old played the last three seasons with Mexico’s Pumas.
Richards was signed by the Union on Jan. 19 after playing for Trinidad & Tobago’s U-17 and U-20 national teams. His release gives the club an extra international roster spot.
The Union kick off the 2013 season on Saturday, March 2 at home against Sporting Kansas City.