Philadelphia Union continued their playoff push win an impressive 2-0 shutout win over Sporting Kansas City Saturday night at Talen Energy Stadium. The victory was Philadelphia’s eighth of the season, which set a club record for home wins in a season. The eight wins at home is second most in the Eastern Conference.
Roland Alberg gave the Union a spark off the bench with his ninth goal of the season. Alberg’s first 10 appearances he did not register a goal, but he’s recorded all nine of his goals in his last 12 matches played in. With his goal Saturday night Alberg leads Philadelphia in game-winning goals and goals recorded at home with seven. Alberg credited the crowd tonight for his performance.
“I got a ball from Fabinho and I got a touch and it was a great shot,” Alberg said. “That feeling of the crowd, the fans they were awesome tonight. Big compliments, for them and for us.”
What’s more telling for the club is the fact that the Union lead MLS in goals scored with 47. Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin praised his club for proving people wrong in the goal column.
“If anyone did a preseason poll on if the Union would be the No. 1 scoring team in the league, not many people would have had that,” Curtin said. “We are doing it as a team though, everyone is contributing.”
With their win, Philadelphia finds themselves in third place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 11-9-7 and 40 points. With seven games remaining on the schedule, the playoff push has started across the league. For the Union, they have won their last two games, and have earned a result in four out of their last five matches.
For Curtin, his squad has their sights set on more than just the playoffs.
“This is a very good team, I just told the guys that we should be just happy to get to the playoffs, we should be shooting for top of the East,” Curtin said. “You see a couple of the results go tonight and it’s not out of the question.”
Philadelphia will look to continue their playoff push this week when they travel to Chicago to take on the fire at Toyota Park. The Union have had recent success on the road, winning at both New England and Columbus by a combined score of 6-0. Philadelphia is tied for the third most road wins in the Eastern Conference. This will be the third and final meeting between the Union and Chicago with each club winning at their own venue in the first two matches.