Missed Opportunities Cost the Union

Missed opportunities cost the Union in the 1st Leg of the Round of 16. The Philadelphia Union welcomed LigaMX Pachuca to Subaru Park in the 1st leg of the Concacaf Champions Cup round of 16 Tuesday night.

Right To The Point

In an exciting first half, both teams got right to on offense creating chance after chance. A total of 11 shots saw 4 on goal 2 by each team. Ā The Union had their best chance just seven minutes into the contest. A beautiful through pass by Quinn Sullivan found Mikael Uhre with one guy to beat. Pachuca goalkeeper Carlos Moreno shut the door on Uhre to keep it leveled at zero.

Pachuca would respond with a chance of their own in the 19 th minute when a bad play by Mbaizo led to a break a cross found Erick Sanchez for a shot that went wide right. The most important moment of the game came at the end of the half when the away team was awarded a penalty kick after a handball by Nate Harriel inside the box. A review finally came and VAR showed that a handball by C.F. midfielder Pedro Pedraza
occurred earlier in the play and it was overturned leaving it scoreless going into halftime.

Have to Finish Your Opportunities!

The action picked up right where it left off and continued for the entire match. The story of the second half was missed opportunities for both sides. Daniel Gazdag had arguably
the worst of the bunch when a great low cross by Quinn Sullivan to Uhre who pressured well at the net caused the ball to spill out to DG who went high over the crossbar.

After 90 minutes of play, the score remained knotted at 0-0. The Philadelphia Union will now have to go to Mexico and find a way to pull out a victory on the road in Leg 2 of this battle.

Diego Bianchi
Diego Bianchi

My name is Diego Bianchi born and raised in Philadelphia. I’m a sports analyst, writer, and show host covering Philadelphia sports for Edge of Philly Sports. I also am a credentialed media member covering the Philadelphia Union for EOP. My passion for sports started since forever ago. At least, it feels like that. Thanks to my amazing family. I love doing this every day. You can catch me every Monday night on the Sully Squad at 6 PM on Edge of Philly Sports.



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