The Union prepared for Saturday's 4 p.m. Major League Soccer game against F.C. Dallas at Lincoln Financial Field with Tuesday's scrimmage at the Linc against Ecuador's national team.
The result of the scrimmage was better than most of the games that have counted for the Union (1-5).
A 90-minute scrimmage with good pace resulted in a 1-1 draw.
Both teams took the game seriously. In fact, Ecuador, which didn't qualify for the World Cup, had to play a man down after Oswaldo Minda was issued a red card in the 80th minute.
That was a change for the Union, which has had to play a man down on three occasions this season after receiving red cards.
Both teams scored a goal in the first half.
Midway through the first half, the Union tied the score when Alejandro Moreno fed Roger Torres, who drilled a side volley from 10 yards out.
The 18-year-old Torres has shown great potential but has yet to score in any of the six MLS games for the Union.
"I needed that," Torres said through an interpreter. "Hopefully, this is something that will motivate me to get a goal on Saturday."
Sebastien Le Toux, the Union's leading scorer who has missed the last two games with a sprained left knee, looked sharp warming up but didn't play.
Afterward, team manager Peter Nowak said that Le Toux is close to stepping on the field. Asked if it's possible he will play on Saturday, Nowak responded: "I think it's more than possible for him."
Plenty of players saw action for the Union. A goal in the 57th minute by the Union's Shavar Thomas was waved off for offside. Jack McInerney had a good scoring chance when his point blank shot from 10 yards was stopped in the 75th minute.
The starters were:
Defense: Jordan Harvey, Thomas, Cristian Arrieta, Michael Orozco. Midfielders: Kyke Nakazawa, Fred, Stefani Miglioranzi, Roger Torres. Forwards: Danny Mwanga, Alejandro Moreno. Goal: Brad Knighton.
The players who came in to start the second half were forward McInerney; midfielders Amobi Okugo, Andrew Jacobson, J.T. Noone and Nick Zimmerman; defender Shea Salinas; and goalie Brian Perk.
Perk, like Knighton, hasn't appeared in an MLS or Open Cup game this year. Beleaguered Chris Seitz has played every minute in goal.
Nowak wasn't about to reveal anything when asked who his starting keeper would be Saturday.
"We have three [keepers]," Nowak said. "Whoever's name is on the board will be the starter."
Notes: Union team president Tom Veit said that ticket sales for Saturday's game have exceeded 20,000. On April 10, the Union drew 34,870 for their first and only other home game at the Linc, a 3-2 win over D.C. United. . . . The Union announced Tuesday that they will meet Celtic F.C. at 8 p.m. on July 14 at PPL Park in Chester. That match replaces a previously scheduled match against Valencia C.F. "Unfortunately that game [with Valencia] will not be played this year," Veit said. "Valencia and their appointed promoter have backed out of the agreement that was reached with the Union and other MLS teams."