SEATTLE - OCTOBER 08: Freddy Adu #11 of the Philadelphia Union battles Jhon Kennedy Hurtado #34 of the Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field on October 8, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Some notes on the game that recently end:
- What a win for the Philadelphia Union. Ignore the fact that the Seattle Sounders were missing three of their best players, including striker Freddy Montero. Seattle needed this win to stay in the Supporters Shield hunt, coming off of a third straight United States Open Cup (USOC) victory. The Union, however, never seemed to want to give up on their ques for three points, despite failing to have any urgency in the final third.
- Last year the Union lost 2-0 in Seattle, to start the franchise's time in MLS. This time around the opposite happened.
- Freddy Adu did much of nothing other than his well finished goal, which turned out to be the game winner for the Union. Adu has struggled with both his touch, especially his first touch, and his passing. The American international seems to have lost all of his vision and passing from the Gold Cup that put him back on MLS' radar. That being said, it was a great finish for the 22-year-old.
- Speaking of the first goal, Gabriel Farfan showed off similar offensive skill to his brother Michael Farfan. The starting left back attempted to push the ball past his marker in the Sounders' box, but couldn't beat him to the ball. Instead of jousting for position, Farfan moved around his marker and kept the ball in play, much like his brother Michael did earlier during this unbeaten run for Philadelphia. The pass found Adu, who put it high, making Kasey Keller unable to get to the ball.
- Veljko Paunovic looked somewhat winded for much of the game and Justin Mapp did much of nothing. Brian Carroll is also a beast.