CHESTER, PA – The Philadelphia Union took a well played 1-0 loss to rivals DC United Saturday. Despite solid play and the goal coming early in the match, Philadelphia simply could not put a goal on the board. The Phaithful cannot help but be frustrated.
DC United forward, Eddie Johnson, who has been selected for the national team said after the game, “It was a good match, despite their record they’re a very good team we couldn’t come here and take these guys lightly, they played some good football and have been unfortunate in a lot of games.” Preach, brother Eddie.
Philadelphia is a dangerous team and despite what I’ve been calling the Krimpet Effect, they can make some very strong plays on defense. The 6th minute goal from DC’s Chris Rolfe came from a deflection to him for an open shot and yes there were absolutely some questions from that play. And yes soccer can be a simple 1-0 game. At this point though, fans, players, and staff seem to have scratched their scalps raw trying to determine just how to get the ball to bounce in favor of the Union. Something, as it is said, has simply got to give.
Hackworth was asked post game about the possibility of new players during the transfer window. “It certainly looks that way. We have to find a way to either generate better chances – we’re certainly getting them – the problem isn’t getting it into the box, but being a team that is dangerous in front of goal is definitely a problem now.”
Who knows? Maybe that fresh blood is all that is needed. Maybe a dose of chemistry is the only thing off. There is certainly more talent on the team than the 1-5-5 record accounts for. I give it to you, Phaithful. What do you think is stopping the Union from gaining traction?
The Union prep for Kansas City mid week away before returning home next weekend to face New England, Philadelphia’s only win of the season. Our boys are due for some good luck.