Welcome back to the 2016 version of the good the bad and the ugly for the Philadelphia Union. This isn't how we thought this was going to turn out but we won't complain about finally getting results. Let's dive in shall we?
The Good: Best performance so far?
Chris Pontius probably bet CJ Sapong that he wouldn't score a brace. CJ Sapong went out and scored a brace. What a brace it was. Two goals in under twenty minutes, one coming off an assist from much maligned Fabinho and another coming from revelation and future Jim Curtin selection headache Warren Creavalle put the Union up 2-0 in the first half. Elsewhere, we got some help from the goal posts as Lee Nguyen watched the ball rattle off the left post, then the right post and fall comfortably to an outstretched and gracious Andre Blake. Speaking of Andre 3000, he looked just as good on Sunday, although he only recorded two saves and one caught cross. The back line seems to have settled down and Keegan Rosenberry was the latest member of the Philadelphia Union to step up, have a great game and get rewarded with a Best XI spot.
The Bad: Kill the game already!
I'm not talking about the thing you think I'm talking about. What I will say is that the Revolution at the half were down two goals and a body, and with CJ Sapong already having a second goal I'm sure a lot of us were thinking hat trick. However to the credit of Revs manager Jay Heaps and the rest of the Revolution players, you couldn't really tell that the Union had the man advantage. Not that New England looked to be much of a threat or anything in the attacking third in the second half, I just would have liked to be less nervous. Shame they didn't have any penalties or anything in the first half.
The Ugly: Except that we did.
Here's the part that you thought was going to be bad. However given the arbitrary and totally valid grading scale that I use to differentiate between bad and ugly, this was terribly ugly. Ilsinho made a great move late in the first half and was clipped by Andrew Farrell leading to a chance to make the score 3-0 going into the break. Ilsinho won the penalty, so he took the kick (maybe should've let CJ take that?) and was denied by Shuttleworth. Unlike typical "That's so Union!" fashion the Revs didn't score 3 times and take the lead and the score was still 2-0 at the half. Fast forward to the 78' when CJ Sapong was held onto by José Gonçalves and Sebastian Le Toux stepped up to take it. We all know what happened next as Seba stepped up and broke his perfect streak of 12-12 from the penalty spot. Yeah, no, no one expected that. Credit to Revs keeper Bobby Shuttleworth for making two great saves in an otherwise bad day. However, that would've made it a lot easier to watch on Sunday, which was the least of our problems after a great 3-0 win.
GBU will be taking a bit of a break because no MLS, but don't fret, if you're missing Union related soccer, Bethlehem Steel play their first match in Montreal that is streaming live on USL's YouTube page Friday at 7:00pm EST!