READING, Pa. (June 24, 2012) – The Reading United were hoping that Sunday's matchup at Shirk Stadium would provide some clarity to their path to the USL PDL Eastern Conference playoffs. A victory would place them squarely in the thick of the playoff hunt, two points behind Ocean City and a home game in hand against the Nor'easters. Instead, a 45th minute header by Long Island's Keith Datelj kept Reading's playoff hopes in flux in a 1-1 draw.
'We just haven't played well the past three games,' said head coach Brendan Burke. 'That's all I have to say.'
The United were coming off back to back shutouts at the hands of Jersey Express and Baltimore Bohemians. The losses dropped them from the ranks of the undefeated to possibly missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
Reading got the monkey off their back and struck first in the 36th minute. Deshorn Brown fed Pedro Ribeiro down the right side of the box, who cut back against the grain and found the far post for a 1-0 lead.
Long Island's Keith Datelj header knotted things up eight minutes later as Sean Sepe's floating cross found him by the far post.
Both teams would have their chances in the second half, but neither could find netting. Long Island's best chance came in the 86th minute, as Reading's Jonny Raj headed a chance off the line after 'keeper Emmanuel Martin came out of the box to challenge. Reading had their best opportunity actually go past the goal line before Ryan Finley was whistled offsides in stoppage time. Their last ditch attempts soon after the offsides call would bounce around the box, but Long Island defenders blocked every shot on net.
Reading did have one thing go right on Sunday: helping to 'kick' cancer. Over $1000 was raised for cancer awareness for the American Cancer Society and Jolee Border Foundation, thanks to a special jersey raffle that took place during the game. The annual 'Kicks Against Cancer Night' is held in honor of former general manager and player Archie Moylan, who was diagnosed and died of cancer in 2000.
The United return to action on Friday, June 29th against the Bermuda Hogges, who will be playing their third game in six games when they visit Shirk Stadium.
2012 Reading United Game Day Tickets and Season Tickets now available at readingunitedac.com
Also available: Game Day Youth Packages, Group Discount Packages, Birthday Parties and Fundraising Ticket Packages. Contact Denise Strohmayr at email@example.com for all your group needs.
ABOUT READING UNITED AC Reading United A.C. (formerly Reading Rage) is the Greater Reading area's premier minor league soccer team. Led by the ownership group of Berks Professional Sports, Inc. the club was founded in 1995 as the Reading Rage. As the club entered its 15th season a name, logo, and color change was made to better feature the ties to the local and state community as well as the soccer goals of the team and its partners. Reading United is a Player Development Partner of the Philadelphia Union MLS team. For more information about Reading United AC, visit www.readingunitedac.com.