The Philadelphia Union have been on a roll lately, as they most recently thrashed the Chicago Fire 4-1 in a game where everybody was firing on all cylinders and the chemistry was on point. Prior to their disappointing road loss against FC Cincinnati, the Union were unbeaten in six games as they outscored their opponents 18-2 during that stretch. Two of those wins included a 6-0 demolition of Houston Dynamo and the season-high 7-0 pounding against D.C. United, both matches happening at Subaru Park.
Where They Stand Now
Following the conclusion of the FC Dallas match, the squad will have nine games remaining as they look to stay atop the Eastern Conference standings. The Boys in Blue have a favorable remaining schedule as six of those nine matches are against teams below the playoff line, including three matches against the bottom teams in the cellar of the East. The Union’s biggest challenge will be a week apart with a road match against the New York Red Bulls on September 3, and a home game against Orlando City SC on September 10.
Scoring and Offensive Weapons
As it stands right now, the Union are five points clear of first place with 48 points. Below Philly are Montreal and New York City FC, with 43 and 42 points, respectively. The top three connection of Julian Carranza, Mikael Uhre, and Daniel Gazdag has been explosive in the past couple of games, and fans are starting to see the promising potential come to fruition. Gazdag leads the team in goals this season with 12 in addition to six assists, stats that fans and media just love to see.
Top Notch Defense
Another reason why the team has been excelling is their dominant defensive prowess and Andre Blake playing like a brick wall, which comes as no surprise at this point in his career. Center backs Jakob Glesnes and Jack Elliott have been defensive stalwarts on the back line as they have used their experience and tall stature to elevate the team’s presence. Elliott also put his name on the scoresheet for the first time this season in the team’s most recent win against Chicago. As long as the defense continues to put up masterclasses and show down opposing attackers, this team will be sitting pretty heading into the playoffs.
Here’s hoping the Union can keep it up and remain in first place as Jim Curtin‘s crew gears up for the final push ahead of the highly anticipated 2022 MLS Playoffs.
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