Wow! What a night for the Philadelphia Union!

 

The highly anticipated rematch between NYCFC and Philadelphia Union resulted in a 3-1 Union victory.

 

Last season, the Union was left with a sour taste in their mouth after being defeated by NYCFC in the playoffs. This time around Philadelphia was on the winning side of the matchup especially since there lineup was at full strength.

 

Not only did the Union accomplish revenge against NYCFC, but the club also clinched an appearance in the MLS Cup Final for the first time.

 

Philadelphia fans have been waiting a long time for this moment. There has been a lot of progress since the club was founded 14 years ago in 2008.

 

The MLS Coach of the Year, Jim Curtin, has done a tremendous job coaching the Philadelphia Union. He has been the head coach since 2014 and is certainly a large reason why hope remained in Philadelphia. Due to his confidence and strategic moves a lot of people trusted the process, and now it finally paid off as the Union reached the championship game.

 

Additionally, the Union extended their home win streak to 11 games. This ties the record set by LA Galaxy for the most victories at home in a single-season.

 

The Youngster Continues to Shine!

 

Undoubtedly, the veterans on this Union squad deserve the recognition they receive because they have led the team to the promised land. But some of the young guys deserve just as much credit for the role they have played this season.

 

One name that stands out in my mind is Jack McGlynn.

 

McGlynn is a midfielder for the Philadelphia Union and is only 19 years old!

 

Despite his young age he continues to tear apart opposing defenses through his brilliant passing. It seems as if every time he touches the ball, he manages to thread the needle and pass it to another teammate.

 

Against NYCFC he demonstrated this type of play by delivering a beautiful cross into the box off his left foot.

 

This pass was perfectly executed as Julián Carranza headed McGlynn’s pass to Dániel Gazdag who then netted the Union’s second goal of the night.

 

His technique is unreal for his age, and it will be extremely exciting to watch him in a Union uniform for the years to come.

 

Featured Image: Wes Shepherd

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