Philadelphia Union Play to Another 0-0 Draw

The Philadelphia Union would play in another 0-0 draw Wednesday night as they played host to Toronto FC at Subaru Park. Philly spent the last two games on the road, where they have played well enough to remain undefeated away from Subaru Park. At home, that’s another story.

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The Union is currently amid a four-game losing streak at home, something they haven’t done in the club’s history. To make things a little bit more difficult, they would be without star player Julian Carranza because of a foot injury. Without Carranza, the Philadelphia Union and Toronto FC would play to a 0-0 draw. This would be their third consecutive clean sheet. 

Semmle to the Rescue

Just like their match last Saturday at Charlotte, the Union depended heavily on MLS rookie goalkeeper Oliver Semmle in the first half. Semmle made a crucial save on Toronto’s Etienne Jr. midway through the half. Both clubs had some really good looks at goal, none better than Toronto’s Federico Bernardeschi, who sailed one over the goal from point-blank range. 

The Union’s best chance came from a Kai Wagner left-footed shot from outside the box that just sailed right of the net. Philly’s defense showed up again this half the way it has the past two matches on the road. It’s a very good sign for this club that has struggled on that side of the ball. Leon Flach is a huge part of the recent improvements in defense for this Union club. Add Jack Elliott to that list of reasons the defense has three consecutive clean sheets.

The second half would be a lot like the first. Both clubs had opportunities to score but they were far in between. The one bright spot of the second half was that the fans got to see some extended time for Tai Baribo. Baribo came on in place of Uhre and looked decent. He had a few good passes and got his head on a ball near goal. Hopefully a sign that Tai will be getting more minutes in some upcoming matches.

Another Clean Sheet Draw

Philadelphia has turned back into the defensive club they once were in years past the last three matches. Offensively, on the other hand, they have struggled as of late. With players like Carranza not being available, the Union struggled on the opponent’s side of the field. Philadelphia has just one win in the last seven matches after going unbeaten in the season’s first seven. 

After the match, Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin said that “ties feel like a loss at home” and that “guys are playing nervous right now at home, not wanting to make mistakes.” What changes, if any, will be made to help change the morale of this team? While three consecutive clean sheets may sound nice, 3 points sound a lot better. The Union’s next chance to get a win will be this Saturday when they host 13th-place Montreal with hopes of ending this home winless streak. 

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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