Playoffs: Philadelphia Union v. Houston Dynamo

Home Leg

We Have A Problem.. Houston

Why would Nowak decide to experiment in the Playoffs?! Why would you decide to start MIGZ in the Back Five!? Why would you come out in a prevent defense at home in the Playoffs!? Why wait so long to bring in Roger Torres!? Why!? Why?! Why!? Why?!

Stefani Miglioranzi (Who hasn’t started since September 7th) is a good guy, a hard worker, but in the end a relic from the 2010 Philadelphia Union who has no place in the 2011 Philadelphia Union.  I don’t know the official statistics, but it seems like every time he has been in the starting XI we have lost.

It is unfair to pin this ALL on MIGZ.. The Union just seemed lost in the first half.. something I feel like I have been typing ALL season.  We were playing against a team who is DEADLY on set pieces and during the first goal I think I counted at least 3 (possibly more) unmarked men in the box.  The result.. 1-nil down in the first 5 minutes of the match. 

2 Minutes later the UNION looked like a team possessed when Michael Farfan chipped a beautiful ball to Sebastien Le Toux who blasted a one-timer off of his left foot for the equalizer.  Sadly that short burst would be the only bit of inspiration for the U in the first half. 

In the 30th minute the Dynamo retook the lead on a Brian Ching through ball to Calen Carr who slotted the ball past Faryd Mondragon. 

In the end I cannot decide if the game should have ended up 3-1 or 2-2.  The Union were quite lucky to see Sebastien Le Toux head a ball off the goal line in the 22nd minute.. and Faryd Mondragon came up HUGE with a brilliant save in the 86th minute.  On the flip side we were so close to goals in the 54th minute from a Sebastien Le Toux Free Kick and in the 88th minute when Jack McInerney’s header bounced off the crossbar. 

Remember it is only “Half-Time” in this Eastern Conference Semifinal.  In the end I am confident we can pull out a result in Houston and move forward in our mission to win the MLS CUP!

Philadelphia Union v. Houston Dynamo – Highlights

Away Leg

A Rivalry Is Born

Things may not have gone our way in the Eastern Conference Semifinal, but I am going to look past the loss and look at all we have gained.

The Philadelphia Union have proven that they deserve to be seen in the same light as the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers, and 76ers.  In only our second season we managed to make the MLS Playoffs.  The road traveled was not an easy one.  We lost our leading scorer in Carlos Ruiz.  We saw Sebastien Le Toux go almost 20 games before finding his scoring touch.  We lost our Captain and starting Goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon for almost 10 games.  We got to see our #1 Draft Pick Zac MacMath shine as his replacement at only 20 years of age.  In his first full season Sheanon Williams showed that he has the skill set to be an All-Star or even a member of the United States National Team.  We got to see a glimpse of our future when Home Grown player Zachary Pfeffer started against the Columbus Crew at the age of 16.  The future of the Philadelphia Union is unbelievably bright

(I know I’ve left out alot of other deserving players.. feel free to fill in the blanks in the comments)

Things may not have gone our way against the Houston Dynamo, but you can’t scare us we’re sticking to the UNION! .. TIL THE DAY WE DIE!

Philadelphia Union v. Houston Dynamo – Highlights

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