PBPP: Union hold on for three points at Chivas
When the Philadelphia Union met Chivas USA on Saturday, those of you who are big on stats probably could have predicted a low scoring game, if not a one goal result for either team.
Chivas USA generated the most offense during the night and the stats bear that out, but at the end of the day they couldn't finish.
Despite creating only four shots and two on goal, the Union connected on one, which in the end was all they needed.
Aside from the three points, here's what stood out:
Zac MacMath was solid in goal again, making five saves. His overall body language was strong, showing a confidence that's surely not common in a lot of 20-year-old goalkeepers. He looked like he did at the end of last season when he ran off a seven-game unbeaten streak during the absence of the injured Faryd Mondragon.
Raymon Gaddis continues to look strong as he finished off his second straight 90 minute performance at right back. It had to be a challenge for Gaddis when the Union ended up with nine players on the field, but he and his teammates held on for the win.
Brian Carroll makes things look so simple that it would be easy to take his play for granted. I guarantee you his teammates and coaching staff appreciate what he does on the field. Now playing back a bit behind Gabriel Gomez, Carroll is better able to see the field and help on the defensive side of the ball.
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Michael Farfan, to me, was the most efficient player on the field for the Union. His ability to beat players on the dribble is a plus, and he also has the ability to create scoring chances for himself. It's a shame he was not officially credited with an assist on the Freddy Adu goal, but he is the one who made it happen with a brilliant series of dribbling moves to beat a very capable defender in Heath Pearce.
As for the Union's next opponent, the San Jose Earthquakes, all of their offseason changes have paid off so far. Their 3-1 win at home vs. Real Salt Lake on Saturday has them on top of the Western Conference.
They come to town with the league's co-scoring leader in Chris Wondolowski, who has eight goals already this season, tied with New York Red Bulls star Thierry Henry.
I'll take a closer look at the Union vs. San Jose Earthquakes matchup later this week.