Union Look Forward After First Defeat

There were some positive things that occurred in Philadelphia Union’s 2-0 season-opening loss at Seattle Thursday night.

Forget about the five yellow cards handed out. Or the two goals allowed.

This was a solid start no matter the result.

After so many long weeks of training, the club finally got to play together in a real game that mattered. They’ll take this experience and build on it over the next two weeks in preparation for the Home Opener on April 10 against D.C. United at Lincoln Financial Field.

“We came out here and played our hardest in probably the toughest environment in the league,” said Philadelphia midfielder Jack McInerney, who came in as a substitute for his first professional minutes at age 17. “It wasn’t a good result for us but we will learn from it.”

Goalkeeper Chris Seitz liked the fact that the club came out with an aggressive gameplan. 

“I think we came out and told ourselves we are going to be hard to beat,” Seitz said. “The first 15, 20 minutes we controlled the game just like we wanted. We came into halftime a man down and we went back on out there and played hard and didn’t give up a goal. We did as well as we could with a man down.”

Even with a loud sellout crowd of 36,241 at Qwest Field, Philadelphia Union was not going to be intimidated.

“No, not really,” said Danny Califf, who was the club’s Captain. “It is a big stadium with a full crowd and we are new expansion team, so it was a learning experience. It was something new and everyone learned a lot tonight and it will help us as we move forward this season.”

Philadelphia Union sure gave a heck of an effort. Players were hustling all over the field. The club had some scoring chances, including Sebastien Le Toux scoring on Kasey Keller only for the play to be whistled dead as a result of an offside call.

But there will be plenty of scoring chances to come in the future. This was only the beginning.

“I’m just looking forward to my team and the youngsters we played tonight, there was a lot of good effort,” said Philadelphia Union Team Manager Peter Nowak. “Overall, you can’t take away anything from these guys. If you look around we have to take everything into account, with the red card and still able to play our game in the second half.”