Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin has been saying for weeks that once one goal came — no matter how pretty — more would follow from an offense that through the first six games of the season gave fans no reason to be optimistic.
Without giving Jim too much credit for his press conference spin, that’s pretty much what happened on Saturday.
A goal from Ilsinho that got a little help from a deflection on the way in ended a more than 240-minute scoring draught and two more goals in the second half gave the Union all three points in a 3-2 win over D.C. United.
Sure, the win was against a fellow bottom of the table dweller and a tough road trip awaits, but there is at least some material to judge the attackers on other than a fat goose egg this week.
That they scored as many goals Saturday as they did in the first six games shows how much of a struggle the season has been on the attacking end. One game isn’t going to change that, but it should at the very least give the attacking players a shot in our Player Ratings poll, which has been dominated this season by defenders.
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