The Union's worst start ever has them at the bottom of the MLS standings. Poor goalkeeping, questionable refereeing, and some flailing limbs have made these first five weeks miserable for Union fans.
It's a concussion and zygomatic fracture of the left cheek bone for the Union's CJ Sapong. No word yet on a timeline for that injury— Matthew De George (@sportsdoctormd) March 11, 2015
CJ Sapong broke his face in a physical affair with the Rapids. Adding insult to injury, the Union failed to score, even after Bobby Burling was sent off in the 68th minute.
The Union had quite a bit of luck on their side when they played Real Salt Lake. All three of the Union's goals were results of very kind deflections, and they looked set to steal all of the points from the perennial Western Conference powerhouse. Then Allen Chapman messed it all up. The third-year Utahn referee put the ball on the spot after whistling Maurice Edu for...something. Alvaro Saborio converted the 86th-minute penalty, prolonging the Boys in Blue's blue balls.
Zach Pfeffer, filling in for Cristian Maidana after he had gotten hurt in Salt Lake City, threw his elbow into the face of Mauro Diaz, though he still claims that he slipped. The Homegrown Player received a red, which made Fred the only eligible #10 for the three halves of soccer to follow.
Lax defending and less than stellar goalkeeping would propel Dallas to a 2-0 victory.
Here, a terrible clearance by Fabinho put Tesho Akindele in on goal. He hit an unimpressive shot that brushed M'Bolhi's leg before finding the back of the net.
In this clip, an unmarked Ryan Hollingshead rolled a ball into the far post as Maurice Edu jogged back to get a better look. Andrew Wenger did his best to come over and pressure the Dallas midfielder, but it made no difference.
Chicago defender Adailton had a free run at a ball, as it appears that Andrew Wenger failed to follow his man. The Brazilian just got enough of a touch on it to send it past Rais M'Bolhi, who was rooted to his spot.
Later on, player-coach Fred, in for the suspended Pfeffer, swung his hand at Harry Shipp. He was sent off for doing this, and the Union failed to earn anything from the game in Chicago.
The Union looked good enough for 90 minutes in Kansas City. It certainly wasn't the prettiest game, but as the two sides went into stoppage time, the Union had the lead. Then, just as you thought, "I bet the Union will find a way to lose this," they did.
Jalil Anibaba managed to knock in the equalizer off a recirculation following a free kick. As some SKC players ran to celebrate, others hustled back, knowing they could grab another. They had watched the Union before.
Krisztian Nemeth took rookie Raymond Lee on a ride in his first MLS game. The ball deflected off Lee before finding the net, a frozen Rais M'Bolhi watching it all unfold a few yards away. This time, all of Sporting KC's players went to celebrate.
The Union had not one, but three opportunities to put the game away just before stoppage time. Of course, all of those chances were bundled, each one more frustratingly than the last.
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