In the Union’s first match following the international break, they tied for the eighth time this season against FC Cincinnati at Subaru Park on Saturday night. Captain midfielder Alejandro Bedoya scored the lone goal for Philadelphia in the 17th minute as the team was not able to execute in the final third again. Brandon Vazquez tied it up in the 39th minute for Cincinnati and as for the scoring that was all she wrote.

The Union repeatedly failed to string passes together and could not hold possession for long periods, which was surprising and concerning considering they were the home team. The strikers’ performances were lackluster, especially Cory Burke as he failed to find the back of the net and continues to struggle. The defense played extremely well for the team to lose and the offense did not play well enough to earn the three points.

Overall the midfield turned the ball over too much in the middle of the field and Cincinnati possessed the ball more than Philadelphia. The Boys in Blue tried to make too many passes inside the box and this led to a few turnovers and less shots. The team must learn how to shoot outside of the box and stop overdribbling in the final third. This would lead to more goals and victories for the squad as they look to record more wins as the season continues.

Fans and media alike are hoping for a more offensive minded midfielder who can take over on the offensive side of the ball and potentially score more goals moving forward. It may be time for Sporting Director Ernst Tanner to make a move on a DP at the attacking midfield position in hopes of spurring this offense.

One large positive is that Philly still only has one loss this season and are currently in third place in the Eastern Conference, just one point behind New York City FC. If the Union want to compete against the best of the best in MLS, they must figure out their scoring woes and find a player to solves this looming issue. As for now, manager Jim Curtin will continue to test his players in practice and hope that they can put more balls in the back of the net.


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