After a tough start to the season and more disappointments than fans care to remember, the Philadelphia Union have finally gotten on the right track it seems. On Saturday, October 6, 2012, the Union hosted the New England Revolution at PPL Park Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Heading into the game against the Revolution, the Union had won two of the last three games. The team had identical 3-1 wins over both the Houston Dynamo and the Chicago Fire. The Revolution were also out of the playoffs and were not fighting for a spot. It seemed that this would be one of the games that the Union would win and the team did not disappoint.
The only downside to the game, is that it was a defensive game. Both teams seemed to have strong defenses. Though the teams took some shots, none made it past the goalkeepers. At halftime, the two teams had fought to a scoreless draw. Well into the second half, it was still tied at 0-0 until Michael Farfan got the ball to Keon Daniel. Daniel passed the ball to Jack McInerney. It was McInerney who got the ball past the goalkeeper and put the Union up by a score of 1-0. As time was running out, Benny Feilhaber was given a red card and the Revolution were forced to play with one less player. The Revolution were never able to get the equalizer and the Union got a second consecutive victory.
Though low scoring games are never the most exciting for fans to see, this game was a good one. The Union's defensive players did a great job in keeping the Revolution from getting a goal. When the Union finally got that goal, it was a moment of relief for both fans and the team. Luckily, the defensive players were able to keep up the great work and the Revolution were unable to score. Though it would have great if the Union were competing for a playoff berth, it is nice just to be able to see the Union playing at, or near, their potential. Perhaps now that there is not as much pressure, the team can relax and have fun on the field. Hopefully, the team will keep up the great work.
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.
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