Don’t Tread On Us #8 – End of Season Push

The Matches

San Jose Earthquakes 0, Philadelphia Union 2

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This was a big surprise, considering we were without Andre Blake and Tranquillo Barnetta due to international call-ups, and San Jose striker Innocent Emeghara is 5th in goals with 14. I tweaked the player instructions so wide midfielders would cross more. Aristeguieta was clattered by Fatai Alashe in the box, and Hechalar converted the penalty. In the second half, Sapong tucked in to receive a cross from Maidana to double the lead. Somehow, we held as San Jose attacked us and our poor passing at time led to easy counterattacking opportunities for them.

Philadelphia Union 3, Columbus Crew 1

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Two wins in a row! Cristian Maidana was the star of the show, picking up a hat trick of assists as he was deadly crossing from the left side. Even with our home advantage Columbus Crew are the best team in MLS at the moment, as they’re top of the table, and a win here is a huge surprise. Jack McInerney was unmarked on a free kick and scored early, and it looked like they would dominate us when we gave away a penalty, but Blake saved it and that was the turning point.

Philadelphia Union 0, Houston Dynamo 3

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Nothing else to say here, we sucked. We gave away an early penalty, DaMarcus Beasley showed some of his former winger skill dribbling in and scoring, and our center backs played poorly, and our attack didn’t fight back.

New England Revolution 1, Philadelphia Union 1

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Based on the stats, New England probably should have won. Bunbary got free on the left flank and sent in a cross which Agudelo headed in. Our goal came when Maidana sent in a cross from the left, Barnetta took a shot which Shuttleworth saved, but Giles Barnes knocked it back into the net.

Toronto FC 4, Philadelphia Union 1

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There’s a rumor that at one point this one was close. I fucking hate Jozy Altidore, this is the second hat trick he’s scored against me in FM. He fucking blows. I also had to sub Ethan White and C.J. Sapong due to shitting the bed, and White’s replacement was even worse, as you can see from the 4.7 in this screenshot.

New York Red Bulls 0, Philadelphia Union 1

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It wasn’t the prettiest of games, but we defended well and Andrew Wenger got open to score the only goal of the match.

MLS Standings – 33 Matches

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I thought we weren’t eliminated from playoff contention yet, but Games Won is the first tiebreaker so we’re out, lame.

Philadelphia Union 2, Orlando City 2

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We don’t deserve to make it anyway if we can’t beat the 20th ranked team at home. We pushed and pushed and pushed but couldn’t find a third goal to take the win.

Final Table

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Due to our performance (or lack of it), we get the third pick of each round in the MLS Superdraft.

Columbus defeats Colorado (!) 3-1 in the final to win.

Stay tuned as I overhaul the squad for season 2!

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