Your (somewhat) weekly dose of Union related snark that doesn't come from your head is back! Let's take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly from MLS match day 5.
The Good: Ill-sinho
After the first two matches this season, Philadelphia Union skipper Jim Curtin said he wanted to get Ilsinho on the ball as much as possible. After a very impressive showing against the Chicago Fire we know why. Here's the video of it, but in case for some reason you find words a better indicator of how amazing this move was I got your run down.
-Ilsinho gets the ball and holds it up as he's double teamed by Chicago Fire defenders Michael Harrington and fellow Michael, Michael Stevens. Ilsinho hits an elastico that has both defenders on their heels before calmly nutmegging victim H. It was phenomenal and I heard that Ilsinho gets to name Michael Harrington's first child. He also provided most of the crosses and really should have had an assist or two if not for some unlucky/poor finishing by CJ Sapong. Elsewhere, the defense looked fine and Andre 3000 had his worst game of the season in the 1-0 draw with some misplayed balls he could've caught. Given the weather conditions and the wind however I think this was an excusable dip in form for him.
The Bad: The Life of Pauno(vic)
Chicago didn't deserve to win this game. Warren Creavalle, who generally has looked solid this year, got sent off and that was the turning point of the game. Just after an Ilsinho bullet hit the post Chicago broke out. Razvan Cocis held the ball up and was shielding it well enough away from Creavalle. For whatever reason the Union midfielder thought he could win the ball by slide tackling, took Cocis out and was sent off. Almost right after Michael Harrington found his self-esteem as well as Kennedy Igboananike who turned and fired a shot that beat Andre Blake far post to put Chicago up 1-0. Veljko Paunovic's men played a smart, compact rest of the second half and were able to secure a win in the Windy City with relative ease.
The Ugly: April Snow Showers Bring Absolutely Nothing of Merit
Seriously. What was this weather? Snow showers then sunshine, then more snow?! If you played for the Philadelphia Union or Bethlehem Steel FC this week you had very non-traditional April weather to deal with. Not that it absolves for either sides loss this weekend but it makes you wonder if the snow hadn't been at play in Chicago, would the Union have capitalized on their scoring chances? Maybe.
Not a good week overall but Friday night should be a fun one against Orlando City. Dollar dogs, a chance to see the new signings if you weren't at the first home game and that awesome Spring weather. Just kidding, it's only going to be 48F. Luckily there will be cheap tubed meats to keep us all warm!
See you next week for another rendition of the good, the bad and the ugly. Until next time, just think of how cool Ilsinho looked!