On Saturday, September 29, 2012, the Philadelphia Union traveled to play the Columbus Crew. If the Union wanted to preserve a remote chance of making the playoffs this year, the team needed a win. With a win, the Crew would be able to get one step closer to a playoff berth. The Crew were just out of the top five and with a win, the team would move to within one point of top five. Unfortunately for the Union, it was the Crew that took the victory and the three points. The Union are now mathematically eliminated from making the playoffs.
In the first half, it was the Crew that had all the luck. Just before the end of the first half, Jairo Arrieta got the team on the board with two goals. The Union players had some limited opportunities but had been unable to get any goals in the first half. In the second half, the Union managed to fight back thanks to goals from Danny Cruz and Jack McInerney. Unfortunately, shortly after McInerney managed to tie the score, Milovan Mirosevic got another goal for the Crew but the team may have gotten this goal due to a missed penalty. The Union were unable to get the equalizer and the game ended with the Crew winning by a score of 3-2. The controversial failure to call the penalty made the difference between a tie and a loss for the Union.
While the loss is not unexpected, and the game was close, I am a little disappointed in the team. There was a short moment where it seemed the Union may be able to get one point from the game, but the team ended up losing. There was nothing wrong with how the team played but it was still a disappointing game. Given the struggles of the season, the team did a good job in keeping the game as close as they did. This game did officially eliminate the team, which was also not unexpected. Fans do seem to have a lot to look forward to next season. There are a lot of great players who seem to be just now finding their place on the team. Plus, with some offseason work, hopefully the team will only get better. It is just disappointing that this season has so far turned out the way it has.
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.