It came down to penalty kicks, but the Union beat the Columbus Crew 1-1 (5-3) to advance to Saturday's IMG Suncoast Pro Classic championship game.
With goalkeepers Rais Mbolhi and Andre Blake expected to spend parts of the 2015 season on international duty, the Union needed a capable third option.
Talk about a good first impression.
All of a sudden, things are starting to look up for the Philadelphia Union.
While the Union are still working out the kinks during exhibition play, Sebastien Le Toux already appears to be in midseason form.