For about 41 minutes, Philadelphia Union fans were on top of the world. Their boys in blue(Bethlehem Steel Black yesterday though) were running roughshod over Sporting KC. Sebastian LeToux was being hailed as a returning hero, who opened the entire MLS campaign with a beautiful goal. And beyond that, the Union were attacking and generating chances. And it seemed like only a matter of time before the Union broke through and ran away with the match. And PPL Park was rocking.
Then Zusi tied it up. But still, Union fans had hope. The Union went right back to attacking the goal, and it seemed again that they would be able to pull ahead. This was the team we all wanted to see early last year. A team that didnt sit back and try to bottle people up and come away with a point. This was a team that wanted 3 points.
But then, an Achilles heel from last year came back to bite the Union. Set pieces. Zusi played in a beautiful free kick, and it was headed right by MacMath. This problem plagued the Union last year, and it was hoped that it would be fixed this season. And if not fixed, at least improved upon. But the 2nd goal was scored off a set piece, and it looked easy. And if this is going to be a problem again, the Union can't afford to miss chances like they did in the first half.
So the home opener was really a game of missed chances for the Union. they missed chances to take a multi goal lead in the first half. Up 2-0 or 2-1 going into the second half, and Sporting KC would have had an entirely different plan of attack. And once again, the Union missed chances to properly defend set pieces, and paid dearly for it. Sporting KC was a power in the Eastern Conference last season, and no one is saying the Union were favored. But 40 minutes in to the game, every Union fan watching was thinking the same thing.
This is what I want to see all season.