Union hope offensive spark will carry over to Dallas
CHESTER -- The Philadelphia Union did just about everything well last Sunday against the New York Red Bulls at PPL Park.
Everything, that is, except finishing with points.
The task Saturday night at FC Dallas is to come away with three points, something which has eluded the Union (2-6-1) in three straight losses. The same goes for FC Dallas (3-6-3), which is also struggling through a three-game skid.
Despite the results, the Philadelphia players remain confident. They believe points will come.
“I think (Lionard) Pajoy had two goals but could of had at least four,” said defender Sheanon Williams after Philadelphia’s 3-2 loss to New York last Sunday. “Danny (Mwanga) played extremely well, Mike (Farfan) played well and Freddy (Adu) was doing well until he got the (red) card. I think we really showed we can be dangerous and score goals, and if we play like that the rest of the season I think we can get a lot more goals.
“I know if we keep playing like that, we’re going to have success. We have to keep working, keep improving and execute. We believe in each other.”
Even with the two goals against the Red Bulls, the Union have scored just seven goals in nine matches. Toronto FC and Chivas USA are tied for last with six goals apiece.
The Union created scoring chances. They were aggressive all over the field.
If they continue to play with that type of intensity, the players believe results will follow.
“Positives are we know we can move forward and create opportunities for us,” said defender Raymon Gaddis. “We can also go forward and look back on this game and know we didn’t shortcut on the field and we worked together. Try and grind it out and we just got out on the wrong end of the result.
“We know if we keep working, fighting and scrapping, we’ll see good things happen. It’s just a matter, I think, of putting it all together for 90 minutes and we’ll see a positive outcome.”
The Union managed six shots on target and scored twice against the Red Bulls – both season-highs.
Now they’ll head back out on the road against a desperate FC Dallas side trying to end its own losing streak. It’s not going to be easy, especially without Adu (suspension) and Zac MacMath (concussion symptoms).
“I think it’s a matter of us executing,” said forward Danny Mwanga. “It’s a challenge always to win on the road but we’ve proven we can do it. We have to play our game, stay disciplined within our system and we can come away with three points. I know a lot of results have gone against us, but we’re confident we can turn this around. FC Dallas has always been a tough matchup for us. We’ll be ready.
“We have to bring the same intensity that we had (Sunday). We just have to finish better and do it for a full 90.”
Preview: Union vs. FC Dallas