Home on the road
“The guys have had some decent performances on the road, but they’ve been sporadic,” Jim Curtin said after the match. “And I thought today we put together a full 90 minutes, and that’s what it takes in our league.” Philly has come close many times, but finally broke through for their first two goals -- and first points -- away from Talen Energy Stadium.
Control the difference-maker
Keegan Rosenberry and Mark McKenzie worked hard to keep Nacho Piatti from dominating the match. The Argentinian maestro managed only two shots -- neither on frame -- and a single key pass that came late in the match. Piatti found plenty of the ball, but the Union managed to keep him out of the center of the pitch and rarely allowed him to isolate a defender. When the experienced winger did face up McKenzie alone, the teenager was up to the challenge and turned in a confidence-boosting performance.
Resilience after the red
The Union went down a man with the lead on the road, but they held on for all three points. “Learning how to win and close things out is crucial, especially for young players,” Curtin noted in his post-match comments. The Union will look to create momentum from that win when they return home and face Real Salt Lake next weekend at 6:30pm ET.