Philadelphia Union Battle Back in ATL

The Philadelphia Union gets another point on the road against Atlanta United FC to remain the only team undefeated in the MLS. This one proved to be a battle that saw 4 yellow cards in the first half. Philadelphia Union got 3 of those 4 that saw Carranza elbow Atlanta star Almada in the 20th minute. In the 34th minute, Martinez, after an unnecessary foul on Atlanta’s Slisz, and Gazdag for complaining too long to the ref after what he thought should have been a foul called for him earlier.

Almada received a yellow for a hard foul on Wagner in the 24th minute. Early on, the ref needed to stop play and separate Union defender Lowe and Atlanta forward Rios, who was making his club debut, for being overly aggressive. Both the Union and Atlanta would have chances to score, but ultimately, the defense of both clubs won the battle in the first half. Philadelphia Union star goalkeeper Andre Blake left right before the half with another injury that saw Semmle come on for an early Union sub.

45 Minute Rollercoaster

It didn’t take long for the 2nd half rollercoaster ride to begin. Atlanta’s Rios got the best of Semmle with a nice header in the 55th minute that got the crowd into the game. Less than 10 minutes later, Atlanta defender Wiley took an incredible shot from a distance that found the back of the net, giving Atlanta a 2-0 lead. With all the momentum with Atlanta, the Union didn’t panic.

Union striker Uhre would come on for Martinez and made an instant impact with a goal in the 73rd minute to get the Union within 1 goal. Not long after that, Kai Wagner, with his off foot, put an amazing touch on a ball that got past Atlanta Goalkeeper Guzan to level the match at 2-2 in the 77th minute. Both teams had several chances to take a lead late in the match, but neither could convert, and the rollercoaster 2nd half ride ended in a 2-2 draw.

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Bye Week Still Unbeaten

The Philadelphia Union couldn’t have asked for a better time for a bye week. Guys like Wagner, Uhre, and Carranza can return to being 100% healthy. Andre Blake can tend to what seems to be a recurring injury. A tough stretch of games lies ahead for the Union past the bye week. The first tests will be home games vs. Real Salt Lake and resuming the weather-postponed game vs. Seattle Sounders. Then a trip down i95 to Washington DC, to take on the DC United find the Union playing 3 games in 7 days. Remaining undefeated will be tough, but for now, the Philadelphia Union will remain unbeaten and get to rest up to try and continue this incredible streak to begin the MLS season.

Steve Fuentes
Steve Fuentes

Steve Fuentes is a United States Army Veteran, a father, and from Maryland. Steve is a Philly Sports fan especially the Union, Sixers and Phillies. Steve is a Philadelphia Union beat writer for Edge of Philly Sports and Co-Host of the Attacking Third.

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