It was the best of time, it was the worst of times, it was a truly forgettable night for the Zolos in Portlandia.
Both teams seemed to spend the entire first half trying to find a rhythm on the rain soaked Jeld-Wen pitch. When we entered the locker rooms at half-time with the score at nil-nil I was optimisstic that we were going to find a late goal and walk away with maximum points. I was wrong.
The second half saw the Union go up 1-nil from a set piece goal. In the 51st minute Gabriel Gomez drilled a free kick off the head of Jean-Baptiste and past a frozen Troy Perkins. Things were looking really good for the U.
Things did not look good for long. Less than 3 minutes later the wheels started to come off when Andrew Jean-Baptitse equalized and we would never find our footing or possession again.
There was still hope in my heart that one of our super subs would enter the game and snatch victory from the jaws of a draw, but the dream turned nightmare 12 minutes later when Kris Boyd showed his pedigree and beat Danny Califf to a ball and casually headed it into the back of the net.
10 minutes later the nightmare became night terrors when Alhassan sealed the deal with a chip shot (pass) into the back of the net. Sadly, it could have been far far worse. With two shots cleared off the line during the run of play the Union very easily could have seen themselves fall 5-1 to the Portland Timbers.
The Philadelphia Union fans on Facebook and Twitter have gone full meltdown. I’ve heard people calling for Peter Nowak to be fired. I’ve heard people writing off the ENTIRE 2012 season as a loss. I am ashamed of the behavior of some of my fellow supporters. I offer them this advice, “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life” and TRUST IN NOWAK! We are only one game in to the season. What happened to Ad Finem Fidelis!?
Philadelphia Union v. Portland Timbers: Highlights