Don’t Tread On Us #6 – Second Half Kickoff Special, Season 1

The Matches

Philadelphia Union 1, New York City FC 1

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Once again, a draw. We have to dig ourselves out of a hole after Poku runs free to score an early goal. Warren Creavalle sends a once-in-a-blue-moon good cross into the box for Wenger to score and equalize. (Creavalle is great defensively, but doesn’t really do anything going forward.) We have more opportunity, but can’t capitalize and that’s our 11th draw of the season.

US Open Cup 4th Round – Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1, Philadelphia Union 0

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“Rest your players!” They said. “Play some of your marginalized players!” They said. “Throw in some of your youth!” They said. “It’ll be fun!” We played like shit, and now we’re the laughingstocks of the state.

Los Angeles Galaxy 1, Philadelphia Union 0

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It was a dull match, their CB Leonardo scored the only goal. Nothing really much to say.

Philadelphia Union 1, Seattle Sounders 3

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Obafemi Martins ate our lunch, and Jimmy Bell gave up a bad penalty. We came out flat again and Seattle were really good.

Philadelphia Union 0, Montreal Impact 1

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More dullness, and more losing. We had more chances than them, but couldn’t do anything with them. Aristeguieta was playing like crap, so loan signing Andrija Novakovich made his debut as a sub, and he wasn’t too inspiring either.

Philadelphia Union 0, Portland Timbers 3

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Portland is a good team but we’re better than this! I tried switching to a 4-4-2 and it didn’t work well either.

Toronto FC 0, Philadelphia Union 1

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Andre Blake made his return from injury and coincidentally we pick up our first road win of the season. Sapong scored the only goal from point blank range, from a cross by Barnetta. Tiago Dutra played very well and Aaron Rangel didn’t embarrass himself this time. Giovinco had a goal disallowed.

MLS Standings

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We have a lot of work to do if we’re to get into a playoff spot.

Tactical Shakeup: 4-4-2

Here’s the new 4-4-2 I’m changing to:

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The goal is to stay safe and wait for the break, then take advantage of it. Our center backs are the weakest part of our team so I need to protect them as much as possible.

Transfers

Out:

  • Steven Vitoria was told to fuck off back to Benfica, freeing up $400k in cap space and an international slot.

In:

Andrija Novakovich, on loan from Swansea who bought him from Reading

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When I originally moved to take him in on loan because my striker depth was crap, Reading had him, but they sold him to Swansea. I have to pay more wage contribution because of that, and he’s gotten injured, so it remains to be seen how he can provide a spark in our attack.

Hernan Hechalar, bought from Medellin for $91K

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Hechalar is a real bargain, he can play up top or on the left, I think he’ll be a dynamic presence for us. He’s only 26, too!

Jimmy Ockford, traded $75K in allocation to Seattle for

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Not much to say about this one, $75K is the minimum offer I could make and he’ll fit in the rotation, although I’d like to replace him with a future draft pick.

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