Kacper Przybylko’s goal capped off a deadly counter attack started by Ilsinho and the Philadelphia Union defense survived some tense moments late to lead the Philadelphia Union to a second straight victory in the MLS is Back Tournament on Tuesday evening/Wednesday evening.
While not as busy as he was against NYCFC, Andre Blake had another strong game between the pipes and Mark McKenzie was a solid enforcer in the middle of the defense, pairing with Jakob Glesnes.
Kai Wagner scored his first goal in a Union uniform, beating Luis Robles with a low lining shot aided by a deflection. Alejandro Bedoya was busy on the evening, leading the team with 4 tackles and 3 interceptions on the defensive side while finishing third overall on the team in his rating (7.18), according to WhoScored.com. Kacper finished first with a 7.91 rating, followed by Kai Wagner at 7.28.
Brenden Aaronson helped create both goals and also made a great pass that would have set up a goal waved off in the first half and for some inexplicable reason wasn’t reviewed despite Kacper appearing to be onside. Jamiro Monteiro led the team with 4 crosses on the night but it was his two dummy runs on the game-winner that were the most memorable moments of his night. Monteiro and Aaronson’s partnership seems to only be growing in confidence as so much of the Union’s style depends on those two dominating the midfield.
Curtin used four subs on the night with Ilsinho coming on at halftime to replace the ineffective Sergio Santos. Anthony Fontana, Warren Creavalle and Jack Elliott also played in the second half.
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