While the performance was far from complete — head coach Jim Curtin called it their worst at home this season — the Philadelphia Union pulled out another win Wednesday night to stretch their unbeaten streak to four.
Is this team good?
It sure seems like it lately, even though we Union fans know better than to be too overjoyed about this run of form, especially with a road trip to Atlanta coming up.
The end result last night was still worth celebrating, even if it was an ugly win in Curtin’s assessment. There was Ilsinho’s individual brilliance to create a goal basically out of nothing right before halftime, Borek Dockal having a hand in all three goals on the night and Cory Burke again proving that he can be the goal-scorer up top CJ hasn’t been this season if given the chance.
Andre Blake made a couple key stops and the defense held up when it needed to — credit to Jack Elliott coming off the bench to replace the injured Mark McKenzie in a difficult situation with the Fire searching for an equalizer — but it wasn’t as commanding a display as the final score might suggest.
After making the Team of the Week last week, Mark McKenzie was a little sloppy with the ball and Keegan Rosenberry leaving Alan Gordon alone in front of goal was a bad move. But not giving up the equalizer and Curtin opting to sub attackers instead of Warren Creavalle for defensive cover was a move that paid off in the end. Not to mention, it was a lot easier to watch the Union pushing forward for a third than watching them sit back and pray for the clock to run out.
It also helped that Nemanja Nikoli --- he of 30 goals in 46 appearances in MLS — was out of the lineup. His presence could have created a much different scenario after the defense had already fallen asleep on Gordon’s goal.
But enough about what I think. Weigh in with your thoughts on the individual performances (and Jim Curtin) in our poll, which would be embedded below if the Ranker widget was working. Instead, you’ll have to cast your up or down votes on the Ranker website.