Going into Sunday many Philadelphia Union fans would not have known what to expect from the match. As the Union have only won once, ever, at Red Bull Arena. However, they would have hoped for a good team performance, at the very least. And that is the opposite of what they got, as the Union lost 2-0 to the Red Bulls of New York.
WHAT WE LEARNED
Five things to take from the Union’s 2-0 loss to NYRB:
- Andrew Wooten has not done enough to impress Jim Curtin. Coming from SV Sandhausen the expectation was that he would challenge Kacper Pryzbylko, and the other strikers – raising the overall level of the team. Now it seems that spot is for Sergio Santos, as Wooten did not even make the bench for the Union against the Red Bulls.
- The Union dealt with RBNY’s press well. The Philadelphia Union proved that they could deal with the type of pressure that has made RBNY famous. As they were able to break the line several times throughout the first half – to the point that RBNY stopped pressing the Union entirely.
- While the Union are very comfortable in possession, they do, at times, feel like they play without a purpose. Towards the end of the second half it did not feel like the Union were looking to score, as they played slow passes, and made shorter runs off ball. This saw the team over extend itself, conceding a late second goal to RBNY – putting the game out of reach in the process.
- Andre Blake has an error in him. Generally, these errors do not directly lead to goals against the Philadelphia Union – however, opponents do occasionally score because of them. For example, Red Bulls’ goal in the 32nd minute, where the Union shot-stopper pushed a weak cross towards the oncoming Tom Barlow, who then slotted it home.
- The Philadelphia Union sometimes play down to their opponents level. Until Wednesday, the Red Bulls had lost three straight matches. On Sunday, in losing to RBNY, the Union had allowed them their first win streak since late-May.