The Philadelphia Union took all three points Sunday night against D.C. United in the MLS Cup Playoff race and regained control of the first place spot in the Eastern Conference with a 5-1 win.
The Union won very convincingly against a D.C. team that appeared to have had a very bad night, making mistake after mistake. The home team appeared to be playing one dimensional soccer and had the plan of just getting the ball to Wayne Rooney or Acosta and hoping they would win them the game, but the Union had a game plan ready to counter their moves.
Philadelphia would end up firing off 26 shots at the end of the night with 14 of them being on target. The high press aggressive soccer worked out well for Philadelphia and allowed them to transition quickly to create man advantage numbers against United’s back line.
This was definitely the play that Philadelphia Union fans have been waiting for from attacking mid fielder Marco Fabian. Marco was something spectacular, recording two goals, an assist, and 6 shots. Marco looks to be getting more comfortable as the season is going along and hopefully stays in this great form.
Alejandro Bedoya, Kacper Przybylko and Fafa Picault also would end up scoring goals during the game.
This win is also a huge example of the coaching skills of head coach Jim Curtin. Curtin could not have picked a better lineup for Sunday nights game. It appears he is learning that he needs to go with the veteran players when coming to a big match when everything is starting to be put on the line.
Curtin replaced Auston Trusty, Brenden Aaronson and Fafa Picault with Warren Creavalle, Aurelien Collin and Andrew Wooten in the starting lineup. All players with pretty good experience playing in MLS or other leagues around the world.
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