Back to Winning for the Philadelphia Union

The Philadelphia Union took on Atlanta FC on Wednesday night, and you can say there were some familiar faces back in the lineup. Glesnes and Brujo were back on the pitch on Wednesday, and it was a sight for sore eyes. Glesnes got the start alongside his partner Elliott. Brujo, on the other side, did not get the start. However, we did get to see him come into the game in the 12th minute due to a Jesus Bueno ankle injury. Bueno’s injury might sideline him for about 2-4 games. Hopefully, we get him back sooner rather than later, as Philadelphia is thin in the midfield already.

Start Strong, End Strong

The Union started the game strong and with a purpose, creating, looking for a goal, and the defense! We saw a more engaged Gazdag, which led to a beautiful bicycle kick from Golazo in the 39th minute. That Goal rattled the nerves of the ATL squad. The boys in blue were also able to score in the 41st minute via Uhre. Uhre hadn’t seen a goal since 8/26. And, of course, when Gazdag scores, our number 9 isn’t far behind, adding a goal of his own in minute 48th of the first half.

In the End…

After the first half, Atlanta came out attacking more, and our defense was right there with them. Once again, Andre Blake had himself a game. He gave the Union a couple more saves to add to his already impressive season with a save rate of 72.6%. the defensive line looked a bit different, given that Wagner had to sit out a game. Jim decided to go with Harriel and Mbaizo on the sides and the very familiar Glesnes and Elliott in the middle. The score does not reflect the defensive effort we showed. We were very poised and disciplined for most of the game. The ATL goals came from a VAR review handball for a PK and a scramble inside the box, which took Atlanta 2 tries to get the ball in the net following a very good Andre Blake save.


It is very nice to see the Union be able to hold on and get much-needed 3 points to keep building our way up the standings. I am hopeful that this will break the tying curse we seemed to have for 5 straight matches. We look forward to seeing them build a winning streak against Nashville. It does feel good to be back to winning.

Gustavo Seminario
Gustavo Seminario

5 for 5 Philadelphia sports fan. Originally from Peru been watching soccer since I was five years old, first sport I fell in love with.