Union Having Hard Time Finding Three Points
For the past five games, the Philadelphia Union have played terrific in stretches. Actually, they have dominated for portions of those games.
But in Major League Soccer, it can just be one play here or there which turns out to be the difference.
That’s part of the reason the Union are stuck in an 0-2-3 rut after their last victory on July 17, a 2-1 win over Toronto FC.
All the Union can do is look ahead and continue training just as hard as they have all season.
Wins will come.
To get that elusive fifth win, though, the players realize what must be done.
“It’s never, ever easy to win in this league,” said midfielder Stefani Miglioranzi after the 1-1 draw against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday. “It’s something we’re all aware of in this locker room. As long as we keep doing the things we have and playing through it, we’ll create wins. We know it’s going to be very difficult.
“But we’re creating chances and we’re getting good opportunities. It has been something each game going against us. I think everyone in here has their head up and we’ll move forward and get back in the win column. We’re very confident.”
Alejandro Moreno hit the right post in the first half. Michael Orozco Fiscal scored what appeared to be the winning goal in stoppage time only to be called offsides.
These chances will come again.
They know that much.
“For 90 minutes, I thought we played really well and had it,” said Orozco Fiscal. “We have to remember that it’s a 90-minute game and we have to keep that concentration for 90 minutes. I thought we were the better team for much of this game, but like past games, it was a couple of little things that we didn’t convert and we got one point instead of three. We have to stay at it and I’m very confident we’ll get this turned around.”
Rookie Danny Mwanga scored his seventh goal of the season in the 73rd minute to tie the game at one.
Leaving the match with a tie rather than win was disheartening but hardly disastrous.
“Yeah, it’s a little frustrating, but we know we’re playing well and we’re improving,” Mwanga said. “Now we need to get that second and third goal and come back to put a team away. It’s hard to do that. We’ve got a number of games left and our heads are up. We know what we have done wrong in these games and how to fix it. We’re going to keep working and putting in the time to do just that.”
Does it almost seem like getting the next win is a gargantuan task when you need it the most?
“I’ve been through stretches like this in this league and yeah, it can be tough to win when you haven’t gotten one for a while,” said midfielder Justin Mapp. “It can be tough to explain. You have to keep going at them and keep on fighting. You have to stay sharp and focus in even more. It’s not easy, but it’s not supposed to be easy. We will keep going and we have time to right ourselves and get back on the winning track.”
Defender Danny Califf sure is motivated and he has let everyone know it. They can see the passion in his eyes.
“I hate losing and that’s not a secret,” Califf said. “I feel like we have a lot of talent in this locker room and we can win. I’ve said that from the beginning. I don’t think it’s naïve at all. We have been so close for so long. It’s just a matter of stringing a whole 90 minutes together.”