A new formation from head coach Jim Curtin did not bring any positive results for the boys in blue. The idea behind changing the shape to a 4-3-2-1 was to have both 10’s Daniel Gazdag and Jamiro Monteiro on the field at the same time. Instead of creative and wide open play that would allow the team to send numbers forward, the Philadelphia Union spent most of the first half trying to keep the defense staying afloat.
You could say the Union had a small positive outcome of the first half. After all they did go up a goal in the 21st minute of the match. However, if you watch it back the weak cross from Bedoya into the center of the box took a strange deflection off of DC United’s Steve Birnbaum who turned and sent the ball into the net.
Andre Blake would make incredible saves on the two shots that he blocked. The three shots that did go in for United was a penalty kick, a second chance shot that fell right infront of goal and then in stoppage time. The stoppage time was by Ramon Abila, who got a return pass and it seems the U’s defense thought he would be offsides and stopped for a second. Abila would get a right footed shot off from inside the six yard box and put the final nail in the match.
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