On Wednesday night, the Union managed to sneak three points away from a Sporting KC team that had lost just once in its first nine. Cristian Maidana scored in the 81st, and those infamous Philly boo birds were probably quieted at least for a bit. John Hackworth probably still heard them from Kansas City, but that’s beside the point.
But the real story (by my estimation anyway) was the hilariously bizarre shift put in by Corben Bone. Because it was about a minute in duration at the very end of the match and ended with a red card. It was Bone’s second ever appearance for Philly, and his only other one went 12 minutes. Brilliant start.
The fourth officials’ board went up with Bone’s number on it at the 88:19 mark. Bone replaced Vincent Nogueira by taking his first step onto the field of play at the 88:33 mark. At the 88:41 mark Bone confidently ran past ref Ricardo Salazar to his spot in front of the back line. At the 89:15 mark, the Bonesaw cut through Jacob Peterson, and at 89:27 Salazar whipped the red out of his back pocket. Lo, these fleeting lives of dust we live.
It’s not the shortest substitution stint in MLS history, but it’s assuredly one of the saddest.