Often a season will come down to a team's ability to do the simple things. Win at home. Beat the teams you should beat. Do these things, and you put yourself in a good position to advance into the postseason. The Philadelphia Union have done just that these past two matches, beating lowly D.C. United and the New England Revolution at Talen Energy Stadium. These two wins have the club sitting three points below the red line with a game in hand against Atlanta United, New York City FC, Toronto FC, and the Chicago Fire - and two games in hand against Columbus Crew SC and Orlando City.
It's admittedly a bit too early to start talking playoff scenarios, as the Union still have half of their season to go. The club is facing a meat grinder of a schedule after the Gold Cup break that will see them playing nine games in thirty-nine days (one game every 4.3 days during that stretch), with trips to Columbus, Montreal, Foxboro, San Jose, and Toronto during that month-plus time frame. This is going to be a full test of the club's depth and mental fortitude. But we can recognize that they're doing the things now that will very much be in their favor come November - getting points at home and against the teams they should beat.