Defense remains strong in Union's loss to Sounders
Despite another match in which the Philadelphia Union’s offense struggled, the goalkeeper Zac MacMath and the defense were once again solid.
With the exception of a goal by Mauro Rosales in the 63rd minute, MacMath kept the Union in the match and continued to display superb poise.
The Union fell 1-0 to the Seattle Sounders Saturday at CenturyLink Field, but MacMath continues to play well beyond his years. The 20-year-old made four saves and for the most part held off a hard-charging Seattle side, especially in the first half.
“Week in and week out, Zac does a great job for us,” said coach John Hackworth.
Unfortunately for the Union, all it took was one uncontested shot and a subsequent goal to change the outcome in Seattle's favor.
“Tough loss, I thought the guys worked really hard and played well for 90 minutes,” said MacMath, who took an inadvertent knee to the head in the first half but remained in the match. “There was a little lapse on that throw-in and unfortunately, Rosales had a good shot at the back post.”
Philadelphia’s attack continued to struggle, registering just one shot attempt.
As a result, they fell to 2-5-1 with only five goals scored this season.
“Obviously for us offensive players we want to score more goals and create more chances,” said midfielder Freddy Adu. “We just got to put the ball in the back of the net. We have to be better. Today was another game where we didn’t test the goalkeeper enough. He’s a new goalkeeper and we got to test him, shoot the ball more.”
Adu said that goals can come in bunches. It’s simply a matter of executing the gameplan.
“That’s how soccer is, somebody makes a brilliant play and then the floodgates open,” Adu said. “Then goals start pouring in, that’s just how it is. We gotta keep going, we gotta keep doing the things we’re doing. This is a tough place to play and we only lost 1-0 here. We still lost, but I thought we fought hard and at the end of the day they got a goal and we didn’t. We have to be better at that.”
The Union will travel back home and prepare for Wednesday’s friendly against FC Schalke before hosting the New York Red Bulls on Sunday.
It’s still early, yet the club realizes what must be done to correct some of the early season miscues.
“We know we can play better, we know we have to fix this problem we have of being more dangerous and opening teams up a little more, creating some chances and taking some more,” Hackworth said. “We’ll just have to continue to work on that. I think we all believe that we are a good team, we’ve put our back against the wall and we have to play out of it. It’s still very early here so no need to hit the panic button at all.”
HIGHLIGHTS: Sounders 1, Union 0