Eintracht Frankfurt were unable to end their summer US tour on a high note after slipping to a narrow 1-0 defeat against MLS side Philadelphia Union on Saturday evening.
Philadelphia Union 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
Goals: 1-0 Jones (49')
A roar went up among the home crowd when Timothy Chandler's name was read out in the Frankfurt starting line-up and the USA international was heavily involved in the early exchanges, powering forward from his position at right-back at regular intervals, even going close with an audacious volley from the edge of the box. Nicolai Müller and Jetro Willems also looked lively in the final third, but Adi Hütter's men lacked the necessary incision to break down a disciplined home side.
Half-time brought a raft of changes once again for the Eagles, with Hütter rotating his entire outfield line-up, with only goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald staying on the pitch. Perhaps that was why the Eagles were caught cold at the start of the second period when Derrick Jones latched onto a loose ball, strode past Simon Falette and buried a low shot into the bottom corner. To their credit, Frankfurt dominated thereafter and created plenty of opportunities to equalise only for a combination of wayward finishing and some fine saves from Philadelphia goalkeeper John McCarthy keeping them from scoring.
Frankfurt now return to Germany on Sunday as they gear up for the start of the 2018/19 Bundesliga season against Freiburg on 25 August.
- Frankfurt have yet to win on American soil in two US tours. Last year, they were beaten by Columbus Crew and San Jose Earthquakes, and drew with Seattle Sounders.
- Frankfurt will be represented in the FIFA World Cup final this Sunday, with Ante Rebic leading Croatia's attack against France.
- USMNT full-back Chandler is Frankfurt's most experienced campaigner with 192 Bundesliga appearances to his name.
- Sebastien Haller was the Eagles' top-scorer last season with nine Bundesliga goals, one more than Luka Jovic.
- Borek Dockal is the Union's leading scorer this season with five goals. He is also their leading assist provider with six.
- Cory Burke has scored in every match he has started this season for Philadelphia; his brace against Chicago was his first in MLS.
Philadelphia: McCarthy – Mbaizo (Trusty 58'), Elliot (Real 58'), Marquez (Ngalina 58'), Fabinho (Bedoya 58') – Creavalle (Medunjanin,46'), Fontano (Dockal 58'), Jones – Herbers (Rosenberry, 58'), Simpson (Accam 58'), Epps (Burke 58')
Unused substitutes: Blake, Gaddis, McKenzie, Picault
Coach: Jim Curtin
Frankfurt: Wiedwald – Chandler (Da Costa 46'), Abraham (Russ 46'), Bayreuther (Falette 46'), Willems (Tawatha 46') – Torro (Stendera 46'), Kamada (De Guzman 46') – Müller (Blum 46'), Knothe (Cavar 46'), Allan (Gacinovic 46') – Haller (Hrgota 46')
Unused ubstitutes: Stirl, Besuschkow
Absentees: N’Dicka (with U19s), Rebic (World Cup), Fernandes, Jovic, Hasebe, Fabian, Salcedo, Rönnow (all holiday)
Coach: Adi Hütter