The Philadelphia Union are trending up in the MLS is Back tournament with another victory on Disney’s campus.
The Tuesday late night foe was Inter Miami CF, an expansion team that probably would prefer to be a bit further down in the state. Before the match, the Union seemed to have an advantage leaning their way with both center back Jakob Glesnes and forward Sergio Santos returning to the lineup.
As if Miami’s task wasn’t already daunting, the Union soared out to a quick start. Less than 5 minutes into the match, Kai Wagner took a deflected through ball and struck true. The ball made it’s way past the keeper into the lower portion of the net and the excitement of a big offensive game was buzzing around the Union sidelines and fans watching at home.
Of course, that was not to be. The Union again yielded the possession advantage to Miami. They would also not pass with the same accuracy as their foes and 10 shots were attempted towards the Union net. Luckily only 4 of them posed any danger. Unluckily 1 of them snuck past keeper Andre Blake. The highly touted Mexican international star Rodolfo Pizarro took a cross into the box on his right foot, bounced it to his left and shot across his body back into the lower right-hand portion of the goal.
While the Union is not a possession heavy team as of late, when they get chances they complete them. This was the case as the game moved to the 2nd half and in the 63rd minute Kacper Przybylko and the Union were countering with a 3 on 1, and when Przybylko got the ball his fake shot, step inside and finish would prove decisive.
The Union would face some peril in an injury to Jose Martinez, who post-game coach Jim Curtain said was not seriously injured despite a stretcher being needed. There was also a handball call on the Union which was thankfully (and rightly) overturned by video review or VAR as it’s called in the MLS.
Both teams tried to provide some intrigue in the final 10 minutes of the game but Inter was denied a header goal by the post, and the Union denied a counter-attack tally by an outstanding defensive run.
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With the Union’s 2-1 victory they will advance to the round of 16 and the knockout stage of the tournament. The last game of the round-robin will decide the winner of group A as the Union take on Orlando City SC, Monday, July 20th at 8pm.