It is late and made later by the fact I was at the game tonight, so in lieu of a more traditional recap here are quick bullet points on the Union's 4-2 win Sunday evening against the San Jose Earthquakes.
- Whatever got into Andrew Wenger this evening, he should do make sure it is in him more often. What a performance from the much-maligned return for Jack McInerney. He was all over the pitch making gorgeous runs and finishing shots to perfection. His runs and two goals were instrumental to the Union's success and was without question player of the match tonight.
- Everyone eagerly anticipated the debut of Rais M'Bolhi, and it turned out to be a bit of a mixed bag. He showed good communication with his back line and while there was nothing he could have done to stop the first goal, he got beat near side on a Chris Wondolowski volley. Yes, that Chris Wondolowski. One wonders what could have been had he buried his shot past Thibaut Courtois in the 2014 World Cup. I reckon at the very least a chorus of boos would not have followed him throughout the entire match tonight.
- Nearly everyone was anticipating a win when the Union went up 2-0 before the 15th minute with goals from Wenger and Sebastien Le Toux, but those hopes were feared gone in the second half when San Jose got two quick goals to equalize. But two minutes after the Quakes equalize on the Wondo volley, the Union re-gained the lead thanks to Sheanon Williams heading in a Le Toux free kick.
- Games at PPL Park have been local celebrity ridden as of late. Last month, Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek of the Flyers were on the scene at PPL Park. Today, Sixer draft pick Joel Embiid was made honorary captain for the evening and walked around the stadium taking pictures with fans. Unfortunately one of those fans was not me. You'd think a 7'0" tall athlete would be fairly easy to spot, but alas, no luck for me. He must not have wondered around the concourse that much.
- Even though Vincent Nogueira is a brilliant midfielder, he has a lot of work to do in the finishing department. Multiple times he had tasty opportunities for a shot on target and most of his shots went wide of goal.
- Right now Jon Busch is probably not too satisfied with himself and his defense. Despite a brilliant save from Conor Casey that prevented another, the Earthquakes goalkeeper conceded four goals tonight. It feels odd that the guy who will surely win Save of the Week has to deal with the fact him and his defense conceded four goals, including two by Wenger.
The Union have another long break and will not see the pitch again until Wednesday, September 3 when they host Toronto FC at PPL Park.