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Rate The U: Columbus Crew vs Philadelphia Union

Rate the performances of the Philadelphia Union and head coach Jim Curtin

MLS: Philadelphia Union at Columbus Crew SC Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia dropped three points in the playoff race Sunday night when they traveled to Columbus, Ohio to take on the Crew. It was a rainy night with a rain delay that extended half time for about an hour.

This was a must win for the Philadelphia Union as first place NYCFC lost their game against the New England Revolution. A win for Philadelphia would put them in reach of first place when New York comes to Chester for the season finale next weekend.

Jim Curtin sent out a formation that Philly fans have seen their fare share of: a 4-2-3-1 holding formation with wings and a single high striker of Kacper Prybylko. It appeared throughout that Philadelphia had a hard time finding attackers inside of the box.

In the 44th minute of the match, captain Alejandro Bedoya went down with a quad strain. He was replaced with Warren Creavalle. Warren is more of a defensive midfielder, so this was a curious decision as the Union were yet to score a goal.

The Union ended up with 54 percent of the possession with only 10 shots to the Crew’s 12 shots. Jamiro Monteiro, who started at the attacking midfield position, missed a wide open shot in the 64th minute when Ilsinho sent a cross a crossed the 6 yard box.

A few mistakes and missed opportunities would have the Union losing this game by 2 and any hope of winning the first place spot and the first round playoff bye and Champions League berth that comes with it. The Union now have to focus on NYCFC at home for the finale and taking back the second place seed.

You can weigh in on the individual performances from tonight’s 2-0 loss in our Community Player Rating poll below.

Community Player Ratings Poll - Columbus Crew - September 29, 2019