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Why you can’t count out the 2016 Philadelphia Union

Philadelphia Union are a tough team to put away. The Union have come from behind to either tie, or win, six games this season after erasing a two-goal deficit Sunday night against New York Red Bulls.

Staying focused for the entire 90 minutes on the offensive end, especially in the last 15 minutes of regulation, has quickly turned from coincidence to a trend. The Union have scored eight goals beyond the 75th minute alone, along with 18 of the team’s league-leading 34 goals coming in the second half.

“I think that you’ve seen it throughout the year, just the resilience this group has,” All-star Keegan Rosenberry said. “The best wins or ties are comeback wins, so it’s good for the team and I think we have a good way about us going into this week.”

At the moment, the Union are standing tall in the No. 2 spot of the Eastern Conference table. And if Philadelphia’s come-from-behind spirit on the field is any indicator of their motivation off the field, the Union may be in perfect position to even things up with NYCFC and take over the East in second half of the season.

Having already recorded wins over NYCFC and New York Red Bulls – the first and third-place teams in the Eastern Conference respectively – through all competition this season, the Union have proven they have what it takes beat best of the Eastern Conference.

 “When they walk out on this field, they know they can play with anybody,” head coach Jim Curtin said. “You’ve seen it now, whether you want to call it the Galaxy, New York Red Bulls, New York City FC; we can go toe-to-toe with anybody, we’re a confident team. But there is belief. If we go down a goal, we’re not worried, there’s no panic, we’re not scared. The guys just keep going, they keep pushing, and they wind up getting rewarded.” 

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