Last night, Philadelphia Union topped University of South Florida 5-1 in the team’s second preseason scrimmage.
Head Coach Jim Curtin awarded several of the guys ample playing time, setting objectives for his squad to achieve last night
Curtin’s goals for the Boys in Blue were to play the match at a high tempo and to create chances in front of the goal.
“It was a good exercise for our guys, we were able to push their fitness,” Curtin said. “The tempo was fast, we had some good opportunities and created some chances in front of goal.”
Curtin was also impressed by the high quality of USF’s play last night and was delighted to see his team be challenged on the pitch.
“Credit to South Florida, they actually came here and tried to play which was a real positive, they didn’t sit in with all 11 guys behind the ball so that was good for us.”
Despite giving up a goal last night, Curtin was pleased to see his team pressure USF for the game.
Curtin believes the Union have a lot to build on but was glad to see his younger guys prove themselves last night.
“It was a little disappointing giving up a goal as one of our objectives was to get a shutout,” Curtin said. “But at the same time we have a lot to build on, some young guys got some more experience which is good and we pushed guys for 60 minutes, they were able to maintain a good press even after that 60 minute period.”
Curtin will get to see the Union be put to the test again tomorrow as the Boys in Blue take on Chicago Fire in their third preseason scrimmage at 11 a.m. Streaming information for the match will be announced later today.