Poetry Corner Kicks: Earthquakes 1 - Union 0

A shot of the Earthquakes' two goalies, Jon Busch and Post. Busch is the one on the right. - Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Poetry Corner Kicks recaps this comedy of errors.

A loss is never what I would call "funny".  But at one point, one television commentator said that the Philadelphia Union’s back line was a "comedy of errors".  He was referring to just one play at the time, but it seems apropos for the Union’s play throughout the game.  As I have done in the past when the Union’s play bordered on the comical, I’ve relied on the limerick for the recap.

There once was a team called the U
Whom the Earthquakes would try to subdue
The U brought a mess
To this field in the west
And a sloppy game promptly ensued

Salinas would show a deft touch
When the Union’s defense gave too much
And Shea slotted past
A dancing MacMath
Who couldn’t come through in the clutch

The Quakes had more goalies than most
Of the teams from the East to West coast
For if you beat the first
The next part was worse
As the ball would bounce clean off the post

The U then employed a game plan
They had used since the season began
But Baca’s red card
For a slide that was hard
Didn’t help even though up a man

Sheanon would then try to score
But like Keon’s shot from before
The post held its line
With a save so divine
And Carroll could not close the door

The Union played flat, uninspired
Their legs looked to be kind of tired
At the end of the day
They just didn’t play
At the level the playoffs require

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