After a disappointing start to summer, the Philadelphia Union is finally stacking wins. Most importantly, the offense has arrived.
Some will argue that 2 wins against bottom league teams are not impressive. However, anyone watching the Union over the last 2 months knows it is a significant step forward.
The Union still have the least amount of losses in MLS with 2. 3 teams behind them have 4. While it is a great stat, the Union also has a league-leading 9 draws. Many of those draws are disappointing, with the team giving up late leads.
They currently sit 1st in the Eastern Conference and 3rd in Supporters Shield standings. However, NYCFC does have a game in hand and is only 1 point behind.
The Offense is Finally Here
The revamped Union offense has finally arrived. It started in a 7-0 thrashing of DC United. Uhre and Bedoya netted a brace each, while Carranza added a hat trick.
They followed up that performance with a 2-1 win on the road in Miami. Gazdag scored a PK and Burke finished a set piece from Kai Wagner. The offense is starting to find its long-awaited groove. The more they play with confidence, the more goals they’ll score.
The surge comes at a great time for the Union. It was certainly due, but unexpected, considering the Union is undergoing a shift at the forward position. Sergio Santos being sold to FC Cincinnatti, leading the way for Sullivan and Aaronson to break consistent minutes.
The Defense is Historic, For Now
This season could be going very differently if the defense was not playing at a historic level. The Union has only given up 14 goals so far this season. The next best in MLS is 21. Jack Elliott is front-running for defender of the year despite being left off the MLS All-Star team. Jakob Glesnes is not far behind him.
Kai Wagner was voted to his 2nd consecutive All-Star game. Wagner leads the team in assists while providing lockdown defense. He is key to the Union’s play offensively and defensively.
We’re approaching the witching hour on his future. The transfer window is open and it could just be a matter of time until he is transferred. If he is moved it will no doubt scramble the Union’s flow. Let’s hope he’s here to see out the rest of the MLS Season.
Next, the Union welcomes New England to Subaru Park. The Revs are struggling with changes of their own. However, the two always play each other tough. They’ll need to keep stacking wins to keep NYCFC off their back.
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