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Defeated: Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0 Philadelphia Union

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It was ugly!

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The Philadelphia Union entered BC Place with two goalkeepers who had played a combined zero minutes in MLS prior to tonight's fixture. The Philadelphia Union lost 3-0, an utterly unsurprising result all things considered, and things only got worse when late in the game Richie Marquez picked up a (albeit probably undeserved) red card, completing the shit sandwich once and for all. And now, bullet points covering tonight's match.

  • Brian Sylvestre, formerly of the Carolina RailHawks was today's unwilling victim of circumstance, lack of skill, and bad defense. Much like John McCarthy and Rais M'Bolhi, it's not Sylvestre's fault he does not belong in MLS, it's the fault of Union ownership and management for creating a situation where the Union have no hope of immediate recovery.
  • Sylvestre did make a couple of nice saves, but those were in between getting caught out of position and poorly handling defensive meltdowns from the Union backline in front of him. The scoreline was not his fault per se, but he certainly did not improve things. Although for the record, Brian Sylvestre has spent all season in NASL where he has made a grand total of zero appearances, so it is not as if anything should have been expected of him to begin with.
  • The Union had a chance to get on the board and change the direction of the game, but with the entire goal gaping in front of him, Andrew Wenger shot the ball directly to David Ousted. Wenger's nightmare season continues.
  • A few minutes after the Union failed, Vancouver succeeded. Cristian Techera, who came on as a first half substitute, chipped the ball to Pedro Morales giving Morales a breakaway as Sheanon Williams unwittingly kept Morales onside while in a position to not be able to defend him. Sylvestre was caught out, and Morales chipped it over him, making everyone on the Union look foolish as the ball went into the net, putting Vancouver up 1-0. The Whitecaps would not relinquish the lead.
  • Attempting a back-pass, Cristian Maidana sent Octavio Rivero in on goal with only Ethan White and the keeper to beat. Rivero knocked White off the ball, then easily slotted it past Sylvestre to make it 2-0. Some Union fans believed Rivero had fouled White in pushing him off the ball, but the officials disagreed and the Union were left down two at half time and upset.
  • As if things could not get any worse in the second half, they did, when Richie Marquez was given a straight red card for a tackle on Techera. It was probably only worthy of a yellow, but given the Union are quite possibly the worst team in the league playing against one of the best, there is no way young Marquez was getting the benefit of the doubt on that one. Unfortunate for the youngster as he had been one of the teams' few bright spots, especially in defense.
  • The Marquez red card came after the Union decided to go three at the back, replacing Ethan White with Conor Casey. It did not take rocket science to figure out at least one more goal was coming as a result, and it did. Darrren Mattocks danced around Maurice Edu, making the former USMNT member look completely foolish before Mattocks sent it past a falling Sylvestre. 3-0 Vancouver, and the Whitecaps would happily ride out to victory by that margin.
  • There really isn't much else to say. The Union were out of their depth from the very beginning against a top quality Western Conference side, and things may only get worse should MLS deliver any further suspension to Marquez.
With that disappointing result out of the way, the Union will return home next Sunday and play D.C. United at PPL Park where they'll seek to rebound by scoring a goal.