Union Frustration Builds Over Missed Chances

Philadelphia outplay Colorado but have to settle for another draw

Passionate supporters at PPL Park had to settle for a point Saturday.

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Greg Carroccio/Sideline Photos

ChESTER, Penn. — Another match, another less than favorable result for the Philadelphia Union.

Dominating for the majority of the 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids on Saturday afternoon, Philadelphia were dismayed not to take more than one point.

“It’s a game that I know we played good soccer,” said goalkeeper Chris Seitz. “It’s a game that we controlled for long stretches. The fact that we’re playing good soccer and we can take that into the next game with confidence. That being said, we have to find ways to win. Defensively, we held them to very few chances, which is always positive, but it’s obviously not the result we wanted.”

Chance after chance went by the wayside as the Union attack was thwarted by two disallowed goals, a great shout for a penalty that went unwhistled, and their own inability to finish in certain situations.

For midfielder Stefani Miglioranzi, the frustration has reached a fever pitch in terms of good chances to win not taken.

“How many times are we going to say that this year?” said Miglioranzi. “We’re playing well enough to deserve wins but they’re not just given to you. That’s the way this league is. We’ve been unfortunate a bunch of times, but you create your own luck. The ball has bounced the other way a lot this year.”

There were positives to be had from the match despite the result. Manager Peter Nowak was impressed with how his men changed the game at halftime, and was full of praise for the defensive effort. The Union allowed just two shots on goal.

“Defensively, we were much better,” said Nowak. “They did a pretty good job with Conor Casey and Omar Cummings with his speed. In the second half with the changes and substitutions that we made, we changed the game, which was very positive.

With the season entering to its final third, Nowak has no time to alter the style or switch the tactics drastically. But despite two consecutive well-played but ultimately disappointing draws, the Union believe the results will come.

“You have to be patient and diligent and do your work,” said Miglioranzi. “Hopefully it pays off in the end as we’re definitely doing the right things."