Well it wasn’t the result anyone was hoping for, nor a result that anyone really predicted as the Philadelphia Union fell to bottom-of-the-league Chicago Fire 3-0 at Toyota Park on Saturday night, a place where they haven’t won since 2013.
Saturday’s match was, by far, not the Union’s best showing and after the loss head coach Jim Curtin addressed the media.
“We have three at home, three on the road, no easy games left, I don’t think there are any easy games, tonight is an example of that. The table, you can kind of throw it out the window at this stage because anybody can beat anybody in this league if you’re not ready to go. A difficult night for us, we had chances, we didn’t take them well and Chicago punished us.”
Chris Pontius led the Union with two shots on goal on Saturday night. 42% of the Union’s shot attempts came from the left side, with half of their shots coming from outside the box. And while there were some bright moments for the Union’s attack, Curtin realizes it just wasn’t enough.
“I thought Sean Johnson made a some really big saves. All the little half chances we created just wasn’t enough on the night. We weren’t sharp enough, we’ll have to regroup quickly and get prepared for Montreal. Every point matters now down the stretch and we’re still in a good spot but we need to have a real good response after a disappointing performance.”
Up next the Union have a tough stretch for the remainder of their season. They will host Montreal at home on September 10th, then will be on the road from September 17th – October 1st where they will face Portland, Toronto, and New York Red Bulls respectively before coming home for their final two matches of the regular season.
A quick, positive turnaround will be necessary for the Union if they want to remain above the red line and further increase their playoff standing.