Saturday, June 1, 2013

Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto FC

   The Philadelphia Union are playing a woeful Toronto F.C. today at PPL Park. And while I expect this match to be a victory, it remains to be seen which Philadelphia team will show up to play. The offense has been clicking behind the steady scoring of Jack Mac, and LeToux has been providing assists. Since Hackworth has put Kleberson on the field, he's been playing well, providing spark and vision the Union were lacking. For the first time in their brief history, scoring has not been a major problem for the Philadelphia Union.

   Instead, it's been the defense of Philadelphia that has been a liability lately. Against teams that matter, The Montreal Impact and the L.A. Galaxy, the Union surrendered 5 and 4 goals respectively. And trading away Bakary Soumare and Gabe Farfan has left the Union with no margin for error. And despite the emergence of Amobi Okugo as a force in the backline for the Union, they still leave much to be desired. They let in easy goals last week, and with a hungry Toronto F.C. looking to break a 10 match winless streak, the union need to be worried.

    What can they do to fix the backline? Probably nothing at this point in the season. A transfer could help, and it's been rumored Danny Califf may be on his way back to the Union, which would undoubtedly help. But at times it seems like they just make stupid mistakes, and put themselves in bad positions. If this was last season or the year before, I would say they were pushing forward to try to score a goal for a change, and who could blame them, the offense was terrible the last few seasons. But this season offense isn't a problem, and that makes that excuse useless.

   So which Union team will show up? The team that seems to handle teams in the bottom of the standings fairly easily? Or the team that looks at star players like Marco Di Vaio, and just lets them run by, because hey? What's the worst can happen?