The Philadelphia Union made it three straight league wins and four straight in all competitions with a 1-0 win over New England Revolution on Saturday night, which also completed a three-game season sweep.
Heading into tonight’s match against D.C. United, which precedes another away trip to Orlando City SC before the international break, here are some takeaways from the Union’s most recent victory.
The Union have turned a corner
The Philadelphia Union are playing really good soccer. Actually, it’s very great soccer. They are averaging 2.20 ppg in the month of August. For a team that looked sure to miss the playoffs again, they are playing at a very high level. They now sit seven points above the red line with only nine games to play.
The defense is stepping up
The Union defense is starting to show some maturity and leadership. Jack Elliot and Auston Trusty are holding down the center back position, while Keegan Rosenberry and Raymon Gaddis are pushing forward in their attacking roles. The constant marshaling of the backline is starting to take shape. Trusty would easily be a Rookie of the Year favorite if he were eligible, and he is showing how he can be a player for the future. The Union will need him to continue playing at a high level down the stretch.
Union fans are having fun again
The start of the season saw many fans calling for Jim Curtin’s job, and attendance numbers suffered. Now, the Union have put a win streak together, and morale is high all around. The stadium is starting to fill again, and fans are starting to change their tune. It’s been hard at times to support the product on the field, but fans finally have a reason to cheer and be excited. This team looks well and ready for playoff soccer. A good run of form, along with great support, could see the team keep winning.
What were your takeaways from Saturday’s win and thoughts going into tonight’s game in D.C.? Let us know in the comments.