On Saturday Night the Philadelphia Union traveled to FC Dallas looking to flip the script on a rough start to the year – where in their preseason they won three of the seven matches they played. However, it never seemed likely, as the Union conceded two second half strikes in route to a 2-0 loss.
But what can be taken from the loss? Take a look below at a few things we pinpointed:
First game, same Union. The Union started slow as they often did last year, conceding far too much pressure early in the match. Eventually this pressure led to a goal in the 61st minute (Zdeněk Ondrášek).
The Union got chances high up the pitch when pressing. This press created two chances for Brenden Aaronson early: 1) he missed wide off the right post, 2) his attempted cross, was cut out by an FC Dallas defender. In the second half, the Union did much less of this and the quality opportunities seemed to shrink drastically.
Warrren Creavelle is solid – but not what the Union need. For a team that relies heavily on it’s midfielders to create goal-scoring opportunities, a player that is unable to consistently complete a weighted pass from holding midfield can only stymie the Union attack. This seemed to happen often on Saturday Night.
The Union appeared slow in their transition to their defensive half. This was especially true when the Union were scored on, as several players would be seen jogging/walking back into the box.
More, more, more effort from the front two. While Kacper Przybyłko wasn’t particularly notable, the lack of touch seen by Sergio Santos was disheartening. Especially considering how well he was playing throughout the preseason (even if the Union weren’t).