The Union just couldn’t catch a break Saturday night, with a 2-0 loss against Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the LA Galaxy. The Galaxy were able to hold most of the possession as they were able to spread the ball around the field and use the more physical play to keep the ball away from Philadelphia.
The game started with an awkward starting 11 by Jim Curtin, removing David Accam and Fafa Picault from the starting line up and moving the attacking midfielder Marco Fabian to the striker position. Starting up top with Marco was Cory Burke. Maybe this could have worked and we could have seen what Curtin was trying to do but Fabian had to be subbed off in the 23rd minute of the game with an injury.
Jamiro Monteiro had his first start for the Union against LA. The midfielder spent the match getting after the ball and creating some pretty sleek passes across the field. As good as he looked, I don’t see why he wouldn’t be starting more in the future.
The defense for the Union was no match again for Zlatan. He was able to use his strength against the young back line to create multiple chances and an open play goal. The Union had to try and stick as many players to him as possible, and in doing this they were ruled to have taken Ibrahimovic down in the penalty area, giving the Swedish striker the chance for another goal with a penalty kick which he converted.
Curtin appeared to get ready to sub Accam into the game to create one last chance for the Union, but that all was halted in the 76th minute when Auston Trusty was shown a second yellow card and Curtin opted to subbing in defender Mark McKenzie Instead. Another interesting move by the coach.
All in all it was a frustrating game for the Union. Tell us what you below in our community poll for week 7 in our Community Player Ratings poll.