On Saturday, May 19, 2012, the Philadelphia Union traveled to play FC Dallas. This was going to be an interesting match. It was the first match for the Union since there was a major trade made in the team and it was another chance for the team to prove that the Union can win. Dallas, on paper at least, appeared to be an almost evenly matched opponent. That is exactly how it turned out.
From almost the beginning of the game until the end of the first half, it looked bad for the Union. It only took seven minutes for Dallas to get the first goal of the night. It then took the Union until the 56th minute to get the equalizer. Though the Union tried to get another goal, Gabriel Gomez's goal would prove to be the final goal of the game. The game ended with a 1-1 draw.
This is the first match since the team traded Danny Califf for Michael Lahoud and some allocation money. Unfortunately, it seems the team could have used the extra defender. Califf had been the team's captain and with the Union from the beginning. With a roster full of young players, the Union also needed some veteran players to help lead the team. Califf helped fill that role and he was a good defender. Now the team needs to reconfigure, once more. It remains to be seen what the Union plans to do with the allocation money that it has received.
Hopefully, the Union is planning to make a big move soon. The team has not had a good season so far and there is not a lot of time left for the team to figure everything out. Though this game was a draw, and not an outright loss, the team should be doing better. The lack of cohesion and leadership is slightly disturbing. Given how far the team has fallen from the previous season, there are clearly problems. Since the Union were not likely to defeat FC Dallas, I cannot be too disappointed with the result. Still, it seems the Union would be creeping closer to the bottom of the Eastern Conference, except for the fact that the Toronto FC currently have no wins and no ties.
Kristin Watt lives in central Pennsylvania and has no local major league sporting teams in the area .She has chosen to adopt Philadelphia's teams, including the Philadelphia Union, as her own home teams. Philadelphia is close enough to make a daytrip out of a game and still not have to get a hotel room.
- Sports & Recreation
- FC Dallas
- Danny Califf