It’s the morning after another Philadelphia Union draw, and I wonder what it will take for the Union to finally get three runs. Since the U’s last win on April 9, they have lost to Toronto and drawn against Montreal, Nashville, LAFX and the New York Red Bulls. Not to mention the defeat against City of Orlando during the week to get kicked out of U.S. Open Cup after their first game.
Saturday’s game was slightly different from the previous one for league draws this time. The U had most of the momentum. It took about two minutes in the second half for the boys in blue to get on the board. Thanks in part to the back-and-forth between Daniel Gazdag and Sergio Santos, Gazdag converted his shot for the game’s first goal. Speaking of Gazdag, her performance was once again a thing of beauty. The Hungarian midfielder took three shots in last night’s draw. He also had a 70.8% success rate in the game.
Besides Gazdag, a new Union signing is making a name for himself and making the case for the team to land his contract, Julian Carranza. The season-loan Inter Miami striker is playing arguably the best he has in MLS. While his goal last night was called up for offside, he still had two shots on target from his three in total. If Union can get a healthy Mikael Uhre on the pitch to sit up front with Carranza, the offense will be a thing of beauty.
Until that happens, I expect Union to continue to struggle, finishing in the final third. A few times players like Sergio Santos have had a decent look to try and put the team on goal. Instead of taking the shot, he would choose to pass it to a player who was either covered or was setting the game back. Santos is still looking for his first goal of the season and has plenty of chances to score one , including last night. In fact, of the eight games he played in the season, he only attempted 11 shots. This fact is slightly biased because 5 of those attempts were from the San Jose game on March 5. Of all these shots, only 2 of them were on target. Santos is a man the Union needs to get fit, especially since he and Corey Burke seem like the backups Jim Curtin brings in for an offensive spark when the team is at full strength.
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