The final game of the season for the Philadelphia Union ended in a performance that would best be forgotten, like much of the 2012 season. The team was hosting the New York Red Bulls at PPL Park Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, October 27, 2012. The two teams are rivals and fans from both teams were at the game. Though the Union knew they were out of the playoffs and didn't have anything left to compete for in the season, the team should have wanted this one for a morale boost for both players and fans after a long and difficult season. However, that was not to be and the Red Bulls won by a score of 3-0.
The Red Bulls got on the board early in the first thanks to Kenny Cooper. Later in the first, Thierry Henry got the team's second goal of the night. Though the Union got in a few good shots, the team just didn't have enough to tie up the score. The first half ended with the Red Bulls up by a score of 2-0. In the second half, Cooper got his second goal of the night to put the Red Bulls even further ahead. The Union never got a goal and the game ended with the Red Bulls taking the victory by a score of 3-0.
Sebastien LeToux, who was suddenly traded from the Union to the Red Bulls before the season began, played for several minutes in the second half. He did not score a goal in this match. It is not known what he will do after his contract is up with the Red Bulls at the end of the season. It would be great if he returned to the Union but he may be leaving the MLS for a European team. As a fan, I would love to see the talented striker return to the Union and I'm sure I am not the only one.
Fans have to trust that next season will better. The team was off to a horrible start. While other teams were fixing small problems in the middle of the season, the Union players were still finding their place on the team. This game did not go the way fans of the Union wished and it was one more reminder of what a disappointment the season had been. While several teams are heading off to the playoffs, as the Union did last season, the Union will be taking a break before focusing on regrouping and once again starting the season.
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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