The Union may have already exceeded some of the expectations placed upon them by the soccer community around the country, but that by no means suggests they have been lucky. In fact, quite the opposite seems to have been the case for much of the year.
It hasn’t all been doom and gloom though - after inspired home performances against Chicago and Chivas USA the Union look to have gotten some luck back on their side.
“We finally feel like we had a few things go our way,” Union captain Danny Califf said after training on Monday. “A few breaks that we have been missing all year - it feels great.”
While unfavorable luck and costly mistakes may have cost the Union a legitimate shot at the playoffs, there is much to be taken from matches like the 3-0 rout of Chivas USA this past weekend.
“It was a good win, it was the biggest we got this year,” MVP candidate Sebastien Le Toux said. “It was nice to have this result, but we have a game on Wednesday and we have to be focused on this result.”
Danny Califf is just happy to be taking all three points, no matter how they come.
“I think we are just super stoked about the result,” said Califf. “For us, I don’t think it was the best performance we have put in all year, but it was certainly the best result. I think that we kind of renewed that sense that we can actually win games. Hopefully we will get a little bit of luck coming down this last stretch”
The chance to do that will come as soon as Wednesday night, as the Union take on the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park looking for their first winning streak of the season in league play.
Califf feels as though the keys to success are relatively simple.
“Being solid defensively," he said. "I think if we can keep them off the board and limit their chances, we are going to be styling.
"They're an English-style team. Their coach is English and they like to keep it tight, keep it compact, and put the ball forward. I don’t think they’ll be a team that is going to play through us, but they're going to be a team that’s going to look to counter, to get balls wide, use their speed and their strength, and get in the box to make things happen."
Added Le Toux: "(We have to) make them run a lot because they are a very good team at home - we have been warned about that. We have to play a very good game and play good soccer to put some goals in."
Simple as that. Oh, and a little luck never hurts.