Team v Columbus, April 2012

The Union Daily

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It was a gut wrenching weekend for the Union who saw their playoff hopes squandered on a call that…my new position won’t allow me to comment on. If you don’t know what I mean, the club’s 3-2 loss to Columbus came courtesy of a goal in the 87th minute from Milovan Mirosevic.

All well and good for Columbus who vaulted back into the fifth and final spot in the playoff race, except

What was interesting was the color analyst from Fox Sports Detroit Plus in the highlight video, whose commentary during replay of the goal was priceless: “We’ll see it again…slid in there…and I think Columbus Crew might have gotten away with one there, offsides looked like the right call in that situation…”

Watch: Full match highlights; statistics

Looking at it retrospectively, the Union was playing for a point, which would’ve mattered little considering Houston took care of New England, 2-0 later that night and the U needed the Revs to upset the Dynamo at BBVA Compass Arena, but who likes to go out on a technicality?

Anyway, moving on…

The mentality behind a 3-3 draw between the Union reserves and Columbus on Sunday morning had to be: “Hey, full squad; I’ll see your five goals and raise you six.”

Zach Pfeffer, Chandler Hoffman and trialist Lucky Mkosana tallied for the Union, with fellow trialist Matt Kassel earning the assist on Mkosana’s goal. With that said, you are probably wondering who the latter two guys are exactly. Well, let me tell you I’ve see both in training session and they are ballers. Promising additions should they come into fruition, ones we will provide a bit more insight on later this week on

For now, you can check out a full recap with stats and more here.

The full squad is back in action Wednesday against Chicago at Toyota Park (8:30 p.m., The Comcast Network) on a night where the Fire plan to hold its 15th anniversary celebration. At the same time, the Union will try to spoil the homecoming and put a dent on Chicago’s playoff plans – if not momentarily. While Chicago sits comfortably in the east with 53 points (16-9-5) a loss and D.C. United win over Toronto FC on Saturday, bumps United up to No. 2 and knocks Chicago down a notch. The Union (8-15-6, 30 points) are 0-2-1 at Toyota Park and are 2-3-1 all-time against Chicago.

And finally…

Even though the team was away, PPL Park was still a hot spot over the weekend with the first annual Army-Navy Cup. The two teams played to a 1-1 result in what is sure to be an annual soccer classic on the Chester waterfront. An announced crowd of 3,672 were on hand to watch this one which according to an online report on the Navy athletics website  was the largest crowd to ever see Navy play, as the match surpassed 3,500 that came to see the Midshipmen in the 1964 NCAA semifinal match against Saint Louis.

Navy, which held a 1-0 lead for much of the match, settled for a 1-1 draw following overtime after Army’s Michael Kim converted a penalty kick given in the 88th minute.

“I didn’t think we played that well. It definitely wasn’t our sharpest effort,” said Navy coach Dave Brandt, perhaps a bit miffed that his pristine 3-0 record against Army now has a 3-0-1 blemish. “We just never got into any kid of rhythm…”

We feel your pain, Dave.

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