Califf Unsatisfied with Road Draw

Union captain sees room for improvement despite road point

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After
such a convincing win at PPL Park last week against the Sounders, it’s tough to
blame Union captain Danny Califf for being a little unsatisfied with a 1-1 tie
on the road against Chivas USA Saturday night.

Rookie
Danny Mwanga put the Union up in the 21
st minute, and the Union had
earned three points each of the other two times they scored first. But Blair
Gavin’s blast before the break leveled the match at one goal apiece, and
neither side were able to muster a game-winner in the second half.

“I think
we were trying to ride the emotion that we had at the home opener, but it’s
difficult to carry that emotion 3000 miles and it was a tough night,” he
said. “I feel like we played well in spurts and then we didn’t play well
in long stretches as well. I think overall it was tough to carry over that
energy but we managed a result and that’s a good thing and we can use that
going forward.”

Califf
knows that earning points on the road is never easy, but he also knows
Philadelphia will have to take three more frequently if the club hopes to makes
a playoff push.

“I don’t
think we’re satisfied with one point on the road anymore,” Califf said. “I
think we’re a better team than that, and I think we’re a better team than we
showed, certainly, tonight. Sometimes you go on the road and you can take a
point when you don’t play your best, and I think tonight is one of those
nights.”

While Philadelphia
had chances to score a second goal, most notably a questionable foul call on
Mwanga right before he found the back of the net again and a breakaway for Fred
in the second half, they also were saved by the bar on a few occasions.

“There’s
a lot of room for improvement on tonight’s performance,” Califf added. “I think
if the performance last week was a benchmark, then I think we played 75 to 80
percent of that tonight.”