Following an impressive yet surprising two game win streak against two very tough teams, the Philadelphia Union came thundering back to reality by losing 2-1 to the same team they had beaten just two fixtures before at the RFK Stadium.
Things actually looked like they were going to continue in their current statr at the start of the match. Some great play from Aristegueta and his supporting wingers set up Le Toux who took one touch slotted it into the net for what was to be the Union’s only goal all game.
After a D.C United shot was dealt with and the pressure seemed to mount, the Union responded by almost doubling their lead. Andrew Wenger went one on one with the goalie before powering a shot against the bar. The ball ricocheted to midfield maestro Maidana who was unable to loft it over D.C’s shot stopper. It seemed that the good luck the team had amounted in recent weeks was disintegrating..and fast.
They often say that just moments before the first half closes is the worst time to concede and for the Union, that statement rang true. Chris Pontius was able to direct a header to beat a leaping Sylvestre for a beautiful goal.
The team played well however and can be somewhat proud of their overall performance, especially when comparing it to those in the early stages of the season. PPL Parks finest will need to recover soon however as they will be tested in a few days time. Columbus Crew head down to Philadelphia on Wednesday for what’s set to be a grudge match following their contest in April, can the Union bounce back?