The Philadelphia Union faced off against CF Montreal. Montreal was looking to bounce back in the win column after dropping 3 out of 4, sitting in the 10th seed in the eastern conference. The Philadelphia Union, on the other hand, wants the good times to keep rolling. They were looking to get a nice home win before heading on the road to San Jose. Let us take a look at the Union’s three-headed monster taking the MLS by storm.
The First Head – Offense
Philadelphia Union wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. Julian Carranza scores within the first 13 minutes of the game with a sharp goal. He was juking the defense in front of him, locating the back of the net. Later in the half, Mikael Uhre gets the offensive rebound and tallies another Union goal. Mikael Uhre had a bunch of opportunities to score goals, with the Montreal defense keeping their eyes on Daniel Gazdag and Julian Carranza. Unfortunately, some of the offsides calls did hurt the Union. Montreal played tough zone defense, but Union’s offense just watered them down. Especially in the second half, where the bulk of the time The Philadelphia Union spent creating havoc for Montreal’s defense. Where Julian Carranza got his second goal of the night.
The Second Head – Defense
Union’s defense, led by Andre Blake, did an amazing job of reading what Montreal was trying to do offensively with the ball, forcing turnovers, and forcing Montreal’s offense to shoot way wide of the net. When Montreal would get a couple of breakaway opportunities, Andre Blake was there to shut them down. Ever since Andre Blake had some words with his teammates, they have been playing on another level. Andre Blake has 4 clean sheets in his 7 games.
The opposing defenses have only put one goal in 3 out of 7 times. The last time the opposing defense got three goals was on April 22nd, facing Toronto FC.
The Third Head – Coaching
Jim Curtain proving why he’s the longest-tenured coach in Philly sports right now. Even though this Union team was off to a slow start two months ago. When I question where’s Jim Curtain. He responded by making all the right adjustments. Winning 7 out of 8 games, Daniel Gazdag and Julian Carranza put up 11 goals combined in their last 6 games. Jim Curtain has found the recipe for success because, both offensively and defensively, there clicking on both sides of the ball. Jim Curtain saw the flaws in this team and fixed them. This recipe is the Union’s three-headed monster taking the MLS by storm.
Pat Bernard has four years of podcasting. His first year with the Pattison Ave Phantics and four years running Devereaux Sports. Now currently, both Devereaux Sports and Edge of Sports. Pat is a for 6 Philly sports fan. Flyers, Phillies, Eagles, Sixers, Wings, and Union. The Gobbler is a former pro wrestler and ACPW Hall of Famer! He is originally out of Ambler from Northeast Philly (by the Tacony Bridge). Pat is a credentialed Philadelphia Wings Beat Reported under Edge of Philly Sports.