‘Not a point we’re happy about’ Union dropped points against Montreal – Philly Sports
The Union suffered its first loss of the 2022 season with a home game against hot Montreal. CF Montreal came to Subaru Park and created a late spark that left an impact. The Union lost points at home in a 1-1 draw against Montreal. It was a result that Jim Curtin and his team were not happy with at all.
Union lost points at home
Jim Curtin spoke to the media after the home draw and gave a telling quote on how his side felt about the result.
“Not a point we are happy with. Two points lost. »
– Jim Curtin after the Union’s 1-1 draw against Montreal
Union came out and played well in the first half of the match but failed to achieve anything impressive in the second half. A first-half penalty was converted by Julian Carranza but was wasted when Philly allowed Montreal to equalize through Kei Kamara. Montreal only had one big chance and that was their goal, while Philly failed to create chances. To Curtin’s frustration, the team had to settle for one point, and the sentiment was echoed by team captain Alejandro Bedoya.
“Simply put, not good enough from us! The fans deserve so much more than this 2nd half display today. Appreciate the support though. Back on the training ground to work harder, smarter and make things right. Long season. Let’s go! »
Alejandro Bedoya via Twitter after Union’s 1-1 draw against Montreal
The fact that the Union lost points at home does not condemn this team at the moment. However, the lack of chances created is something that worries and reminds some Union teams of the past. Philly have the talent to be a top team in the Eastern Conference and all of MLS, the only thing holding them back are performances like this against Montreal.
Although a season is neither won nor lost in a game in the eighth week, if this team wants to be the best in MLS, they must ensure that their offense creates more than four shots and a big chance by match. Like Bedoya and Curtin said, this team is going back to training to improve and fix those mistakes.
Although the game didn’t go Philly’s way, they still took a point and ended the season series against Montreal. Taking four points out of a possible six verses, this solid Montreal team will be useful on the road. Here are three takeaways after the Union lost points at home to Montreal.
Carranza scores again
Union did not win, but Julian Carranza scored again. The striker now has three goals this season, and two in his last two games. He leads the attacking core and seems to be the most in-form striker in Union at the moment.
Carranza is a perfect fit in Philadelphia. He’s ready to make the pressing runs Union need for their forwards and seems to appear in the right place when the team are looking to score. He missed a few chances, but he actually puts himself in good positions, which frankly can’t be said about other forwards at the moment. We’ll see if he can keep that momentum going next weekend in Nashville.
The Union is still in first place
Philly dropped points on Saturday, leaving two points on the table, but they still finish Week 8 atop the Eastern Conference standings. Their 17 points are three ahead of New York Red Bulls and Orlando City SC, who have 14 points. The Union are also two points down the Fan Shield table. This team is still excellent, but there is definitely room for improvement.
While Union will hold the top spot heading into week nine, they will need to find their form and fast to stay there. Orlando and Red Bull are on track, and teams like Atlanta, Toronto, Montreal and NYCFC are just a few wins away from pushing to the top. With the schedule that Philly will face in the coming month, there is little room for error.
A glove to come
Philadelphia is heading for a gantlet of a calendar in the month of May. There is no room for lost points in head situations. Philly has seven games scheduled for May and could play eight if they manage to get past the Round of 32 in the Open Cup. The schedule sees Philly play five of seven road games in what could be the toughest part of the season.
Philly is the first opponent to play in the new NAshville football stadium this Sunday. They are then due to travel to league leaders LAFC next weekend; they follow that up with a midweek trip to Orlando for an Open Cup showdown, then return home to take second place from the Eastern New York Red Bulls four days later. They follow that up with a midweek league game against Mimai at home before heading to Portland. The end of May could see the Union play another midweek match in the Open Cup quarter-finals and then a road ‘rivalry’ game against New England.
May is going to be a tough month, if this team wants to stay ahead of the East and compete for the top of the league they will have to do what their gaffer and captain say and fix mistakes to make sure they there will be fewer falls. points.
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