After watching his team fall 1-0 to Columbus Crew on the road, Philadelphia Union Head Coach Jim Curtin sought to identify the issues that kept his team from securing much-needed points. Here are three takeaways from the Union's difficult loss at MAPRE Stadium Wednesday evening.
Curtin said that "after a good start where we had some good spells with the ball, [the Union] never really penetrated [Columbus'] box and turned their defenders around."
Indeed, Philly's playmakers struggled to make an impact in the first half and generated only two shots on Zack Steffen's goal. Perhaps more to Curtin's point, though, the Union could not find their way behind the Crew's midfield to let David Accam and Ilsinho run at the home side's back line.
Once again, CJ Sapong was denied on the doorstep by a brilliant save from the opposing goalie. Although Zack Steffen's excellent low stop was not quite as unbelievable as Jimmy Maurer's goalline denian in Dallas, it was another impressive save to keep Sapong off the scoresheet on the road.
Fabinho returns to the lineup
After an injury against Columbus earlier this season left Fabinho on the injury list, the Brazilian hopped back into the first eleven with an energetic 75 minutes on the road."I thought Fabi was one of our sharper guys," Curtin said after the match.
David Accam showed good chemistry with Fabinho during preseason, so the Union are hoping the two players can help the team find success by combining even more extensively up the left side in Montreal this weekend.