A great first touch with his left foot and a strong finish with his right by Auston Trusty in the 86th minute delivered three points on the road for the Philadelphia Union on Sunday and ensured that any singing of the Oasis song “Wonderwall” would be purely for the lolz.
If you weren’t aware, Minnesota United’s fans are even more into “Wonderwall” than your first roommate in college was (or inevitably will be). Their supporter section is named after it, they have the song title printed on scarves and belt it out after wins and on special occasions. There’s a pretty in-depth back story about why they do this that dates back to the team’s time in the more recent NASL, which is actually pretty cool.
With the 3-2 win secured by Trusty’s second career MLS goal, the Union became the first visiting team to win at Allianz Field and in the process not only made sure the traveling Union supporters didn’t have to listen to 19,700 Midwesterners get all misty eyed singing a song from 1995 but also that the Union Twitter account could do this:
Congratulations, Auston Trusty, you’re officially our wonderwall now. Whatever that even is.
His goal was a big deal for a couple of real reasons too: it put the Union back into first place and for the time being put to rest some of the doubts that were starting to creep back into the fanbase after seeing them muster just two points out of three straight at home against Western Conference opponents.
A draw or worse against sixth place United certainly would not have played well after frustrating draws with Colorado and Seattle and a 3-1 loss to Portland. In a game resembling a track meet at times, neither team was going to walk away with many style points, but gutting out road wins on days when you’ve had way too many last ditch defensive plays to make is what separates top tier teams from the rest of the pack.
“Soccer is a funny game, because we can have a ton of the ball, we can play the beautiful game, and we can knock it around in our own building, and it just won’t go in, but then all of a sudden a play from nothing off of a good little flick where Auston finds himself still upfront hanging around in the box, makes a really good first touch, and I think it will be really good for his confidence going forward,” head coach Jim Curtin said after the match.
It certainly can’t hurt the team’s mood either returning home against the New York Red Bulls in the final league game before the Gold Cup break this Saturday night. Hopefully, fans will get to sing “Part of the Union” together again after a win.