The Philadelphia Union continued their somewhat frustrating preseason with a 4-2 loss to the Chicago Fire earlier today from Clearwater, Florida. Chicago took the lead early after a Vincent Nogueira handball, which was a less than ideal start for a big name starter for the Philadelphia Union. Union fans however got a great look at Fabian Herbers today, as Sebastian Le Toux picked the Union second rounder out with a great cross that Herbers seemingly back-heeled into the net.
David Accam was too much for the Union to handle, with a terrible giveaway by the starting captain Tranquillo Barnetta setting Accam up with an easy look on goal. Richie Marquez did well to close out Accam, but goalie Andre Blake seemed to leave just enough of an angle for Accam to net and put the Fire up 2-1 going into the second half
That's where some nervousness and general lack of care seemed to unravel the Union. Some of the Union stalwart players didn't really look up to scratch today. Notably Nogueira and Barnetta, but even Joshua Yaro, who is supposed to be so smooth passing from the back, showed some signs of not being quite ready yet. I would however be unfair to not point out there was some pleasant surprises today.
Leo Fernandes looks like he's ready to be in a starting 11 in MLS today. His first touches were unreal at points and he seemed to be able to carve around defenders with a fair sense of ease. Fabian Herbers scored a goal, which is nothing new to him but very nice to see one of our few strikers link up with a winger with some success. Keegan Rosenberry seemed to try and do everything to show us why he was picked so "high" in the draft. From a Bethlehem Steel standpoint, Ken Tribbett looked great paired with Marquez for an hour. His heart to make a goal line save was so encouraging to see. Warren Creavalle got a goal that Walter Restrepo set up! Chris Pontius didn't injure himself!
Yes, I know losing two of three preseason games so far is hard. And it really sucks to get doubled up by Chicago who were the worst team in MLS last year. However, let's all put the pitchforks down and look at some of the better things that happened. Besides, they're due for a win against D.C. United on Wednesday anyway.