By all accounts, the Philadelphia Union just finished the best regular season in history with the team setting records in points, wins, and goals during the regular season. While the regular season did not end the way many expected, with the Union finishing in third place in the East, fans should be very optimistic about the team’s chances in the playoffs and years to come.
3,060 - Minutes played by Jack Elliott and Haris Medunjanin who did not miss a single minute all season
15 - Goals by Kacper Przybylko, leading the Union. With an expected goals total of 11.7, Przybylko displayed some impressive finishing this season by scoring some very low-quality shots
2,722 - Completed passes by Haris Medunjanin (82.5%) which led all of MLS by over 300 passes. All season Haris was a crucial part of the Union’s midfield highlighted by his TeamChain% of 25.5, indicating that a quarter of all the Union’s possession chains included a successful pass or dribble by Haris
34.98 - Season total team adjusted xG earned by the team on possessions in which Haris Medunjanin participated, but did not make the final pass or shot
50.2 - Season total expected goals. With a season total of 57 goals, the Union, with the help of Przybylko’s quality finishing, were able to turn many low-quality chances into goals
42.7 - Season total expected goals against. The Union let in 49 goals which indicates they were victim to other team’s quality finishing
37 - Key passes for both Jamiro Monteiro and Alejandro Bedoya, second on the Union behind Haris Medunhanin who were both critical for the Union’s midfield this season
0.26 - Goals/Assists per 90 for newcomer Brenden Aaronson who finished second in MLS Rookie of the Year Voting
57.3 - Save percentage for goalkeeper Andre Blake, who started 26 regular season games this season
38 - Fouls committed by Alejandro Bedoya (including 6 yellow cards) which led the team during the regular season
1.08 - Goals/Assists per 90 for the supersub Ilsinho who managed 5 goals and 8 assists in just 1,083 minutes during the regular season.
0.57 - Goals/Assists per 90 for Marco Fabian, who despite being second in the team in goals (7) managed only 1 assist during the regular season, which sums up his very up and down season.