Rain or Shine, Philadelphia Union Host the Seattle Sounders

The Philadelphia Union welcomed back the Seattle Sounders to Subaru Park Tuesday night to resume the rain-abandoned match from March 9th, rain or shine. The Boys in Blue entered this game looking a little different squad-wise and with some questions about who would be available.

Markus Anderson started the match in March and is now injured. Star goalkeeper, Andre Blake would enter the match with a questionable status as well as Jamaican teammate Damion Lowe. Leon Flach would also be available because Matt Real was loaned out to USL’s Colorado Springs. Starting in the 6th minute, this match was definitely a unique one.

Rough 1st Half for the Union

Starting at 5:28 on the clock with a Philadelphia Union free kick, Seattle would take control of this match early. After a misplaced ball from the Union, Seattle Sounders forward Ruidiaz sent in a shot from more than 35 yards out. He caught Semmle out of place to go up 1-0 in the 13th minute. Not long after, in the 22nd minute, Vargas for the Sounders made it 2-0. This was after a beautiful shot from outside the box. It only got worse for Philadelphia in the first half. Union defender Mbaizo would be called for a penalty in the box in the 37th minute. Ruidiaz would convert the penalty with a right-footed shot down the center of the goal that fooled Semmle to make it 3-0 headed into the half. 

Close but Not Enough for Philly vs Seattle

Philadelphia Union opened up the second half with some much-needed subs. Union Captain Bedoya in for Matinez, McGlynn in for Bueno, Wagner in for Mbaizo. It didn’t take long for them to make an impact. In the 55th minute, homegrown Jack McGlynn got the Union on the board from just outside the box. Moments later, Gazdag brought the Union to within 1 goal after a great cross by Sullivan.

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That goal made Daniel Gazdag Philadelphia Union’s all-time leading scorer. Goal number 57 in the 57th minute! A goal was called back due to being offside on Gazdag, which would have made it 3-3. Ultimately, Philadelphia would come up short 3-2 at home vs a Seattle Sounders team that they should have, at the very least, been able to draw with. The Union hasn’t lost back-to-back home games since the 2021 MLS season. Philadelphia will travel to the nation’s capital to take on a DC United team that just came off a 2-1 victory vs this same Seattle team they just lost to. 

From Unbeaten to Dropping 2 in a Row

Back-to-back losses at home for the first time since 2021 for the Philadelphia Union aren’t going to sit well with the fan base in Philly. A 2-1 loss to 1st place in the West, Real Salt Lake. Followed by a 3-2 loss to the 13th place West, Seattle Sounders, has the Union searching for answers. Union manger, Jim Curtin, said after the game in the post conference that he was upset the squad was out competed in the 1st half vs Seattle and the “silly” goals like Ruidiaz 13th minute one, just can’t happen. Consistency in the back line of the defense is key and the Union haven’t had much of that consistent play from defenders Lowe, Glesnes, and Elliott so far this season. This Philadelphia Union squad that was once unbeaten now heads to DC to take on a much-improved squad from 2023 that sit just one spot behind the Union in the East standings. The Union really need a win and 3 points to keep pace with East teams like Inter Miami and FC Cincinnati. Jim Curtin said after the loss to Seattle said that “Everyone’s voice grows when we don’t win”. Philadelphia’s fanbase’s voice is definitely growing after back-to-back home losses. 3 points in DC can quiet that noise fast though.

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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