Union hope to rebound following "extremely disappointing" defeat
In the course of a long season, these types of matches are going to occur.
The Philadelphia Union were obviously disappointed following a 3-1 loss to the Chicago Fire Sunday night at PPL Park. The defeat snapped the Union’s record four-match league winning streak.
It also brought a halt to their momentum at home.
From here, the task is to regain confidence and prepare for the next match – a difficult one looming next Sunday at D.C. United.
How do they remain on an even keel?
“I think we have to sit on the game, not make any emotional decisions tonight, come back and look at video and look to clean up our mistakes and get better,” midfielder Brian Carroll told philadelphiaunion.com. “We have to do everything we can to be competitive and make it tough on the other teams moving forward so we can get as many points as possible.
“I think it’s important for everybody to learn from this and for the older guys to lead the way and continue to do well. We’re all going to have to dig down deep, work harder and do what we can to get results and keep playing.”
Following an own goal in the 34th minute, the Union led 1-0. But the Fire responded with three unanswered goals.
The Union realize they need to find answers in their upcoming matches.
“No one is happy in this locker room and we all know this wasn’t acceptable tonight,” said defender Sheanon Williams. “It’s more important than ever for us to come back to work and do everything we can to turn this around and right this. This was not a good performance by our club and I don’t think it’s indicative of who we are. I know we will all come back and work extremely hard to get this turned around.”
This was the Union’s first home loss since a 1-0 defeat to D.C. United all the way back on June 16.
“That’s an extremely disappointing match by the Philadelphia Union,” interim manager John Hackworth said. “It’s not the kind of performance acceptable by us in any way, shape or form.”
There is plenty of soccer left to be played in the 2012 regular season. While this was a frustrating night, the players vow to learn from it.
“I think we have shown the ability to play well,” defender Raymon Gaddis said. “I don’t think it was a good night all around. We will watch the film and correct all the mistakes. We’re a determined group and we know we can play so much better. We will work all week to prepare for D.C. United and take it one at a time beginning with that one.”