Don’t Tread On Us #7 – Through August (Season 1)

The Matches

D.C. United 0, Philadelphia Union 0

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I’m going to show the lineups now, because why not? Also it might be interesting to you to see how other teams line up. It was another bore draw. Hechalar has been a disappointment so far, not really providing to the attack, but at least we didn’t concede.

Philadelphia Union 0, New York Red Bulls 1

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This match was on its way to being another draw but Ethan White got a high-foot challenge call against him in the box and BWP converted the resulting penalty. I’m starting to think a countering style isn’t really that good for our team, we have slower but more technical players, I’ll see about installing a more possession-oriented style.

Orlando City 0, Philadelphia Union 0

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I changed to a 4-4-1-1 that’s oriented on possession, and we’re still learning it. We played close to the edge, and it almost burned us, as Warren Creavalle got caught out of position and conceded a penalty recovering. Thankfully Le Toux sent the penalty wide, but our continued lack of attacking prowess resulted in another draw against the worst team in MLS.

Philadelphia Union 1, Chicago Fire 0

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It wasn’t pretty but our first goal in an age gave us our first win since the Toronto game. Tranquillo Barnetta won the ball high up the pitch and played a one-two with Maidana to get into position to score. Chicago regularly got into dangerous positions but could only put one shot on target, which wasn’t enough.

Montreal Impact 1, Philadelphia Union 1

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We can never seem to keep momentum going, and this was a good opportunity to. Montreal took the lead when Victor Cabrera beat Tranquillo Barnetta in the air on a free kick and headed it in. Tiago Dutra equalized from deep on a corner. Our passing is still shaky, and when we did get in the final third late in the match we couldn’t capitalize.

Philadelphia Union 0, New England Revolution 0

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We did well to hold an upper-table team to a draw, but we could have gotten more.

MLS Standings – End of August

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With only 7 matches left to play, we’re probably not going to make the playoffs. I just hope I don’t get fired because of it.

Observations

  • For some reason Tiago Dutra counts as a US citizen now “after living there for five years”, despite only being here this year, not close to five years. Maybe it simulated him getting his green card since green card holders count as domestics, but then he shouldn’t be able to play for the US.
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