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Philadelphia Union II conceded the cruelest of last minute winner's on Wednesday night, after pegging back Hartford Athletic's 2-0 lead.
Union, an affiliate of the MLS side with the same name, were playing in the USL Championship and found themselves two goals down early in the first half.
A penalty put them 1-0 down after eight minutes and Hartford doubled their lead on 15 minutes. An own goal brought Philadelphia back into the game shortly after and they equalised on the hour mark.
Just as it looked like the two sides would share the points Union keeper Mitchell Budler made a big mistake. He went to throw the ball out from the edge of the area but Athletic striker Danny Barrera stuck out his leg.
The ball struck the forward and looped straight into the back of the net, when it really could have gone anywhere, to deny Union a point at home.
Replays of today's strangest goal pic.twitter.com/NAz83ntHGP- Stu Motown #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) October 1, 2020
The win for Hartford leaves them top of Group F with just one game of the season to go, leading their closest rivals Pittsburgh Riverhounds by a point.
Union on the other hand remain fourth in the group, just three points clear of bottom side Loudoun United who still have three games to go of the season.
Heartbreaker for the Boys in Blue as a miracle flick sees Hartford ascend into first place of Group F with a late winner. Season wraps up on the road in Pittsburgh on Saturday night.#PHIvHFD pic.twitter.com/jGirarG6Mp- Philadelphia Union II (@PhilaUnionII) October 1, 2020
Unfortunately the goal wasn't the only news coming from the USL on Wednesday night, with San Diego Loyal walking off the pitch after one of their players was allegedly faced with homophobic abuse.
Collin Martin, the only out gay professional footballer in men's football in America, was sent off before half-time in a game against Phoenix Rising and alleged that midfielder Junior Flemmings insulted him.
The team came back out for the second half but only took a knee, along with their coaches, before manager Landon Donovan walked his team off the pitch.
The USL confirmed there would be an investigation in a statement, saying, "Foul and abusive language of any type has absolutely no place in our society and will not be tolerated in USL matches.
"An investigation is currently underway to determine the facts surrounding the incident and more information will be provided as soon as it is available."