Welcome to a brand new installment from The Brotherly Game--Tailgate Crashers!
The tailgate has become a real tradition in American sports. The idea of standing around in a stadium parking lot for hours prior to a game may seem like a crazy idea to some, but to many of us, it is an integral part of the game day experience.
A Dragon, Trolls, and Lions- it all totally happened.
There are many out there that might try to tell you that this game was a bit of a snoozer. The highlights show missed opportunities and wasted time when the Philadelphia Union played the Houston Dynamo on Saturday. But don’t be fooled.
The Union’s problems are all across the board but the back four have been suspect at best to start the season. Who should be our starting defenders?
I have the pleasure of covering the Philadelphia Union for two games in this edition of the Hot Topic. Wait, did I say pleasure? The Union did not put up two very good showings that restored faith on the road against New York and at home against Houston.
The tale of two halves was the statistical oddity in this dull affair. We give out the hero and zero awards and look at another disturbing trend haunting the Union.
Raise your hand if Charles Dickens crossed your mind while watching the Philadelphia Union take on the Houston Dynamo. It was hard not to think of the game as A Tale of Two Halves, the first four words of which we use when we see two things that are polar opposites (insert fifth word).
Soccer is a community, and the community has lost one of its great citizens.
Soccer starts off as just a game. It's a game we get our kids to play so they can learn teamwork, physical activity, discipline, and sportsmanship; or it's what helps fill the void between football and hockey seasons - especially when your baseball team is terrible.
We "Monday Morning Manage" every game with our fellow Union faithful. What could have been done better? What were the missed opportunities? Did that sub really need to happen? We bring all the talking points to you each week right here.
Firstly our apologies for the lack of game-changers thread in the past week.
The Philadelphia Union failed to add to their season win total of 1 this season, tying a struggling Houston side 0-0 in a lackluster match. The team failed to register a single shot on goal, even after they were granted a man advantage with 10 minutes to play.
The Union continued their month-long stretch of poor performances with a scoreless draw to the Houston Dynamo at PPL Park.
After a most unsavory defeat in North Jersey, Philadelphia returns home to battle a Houston Dynamo side that is having troubles of their own.
In what has suddenly become a dismal start of the season for the Philadelphia Union, they face a team in a similar situation in the Houston Dynamo. Having lost three matches straight, Houston comes to town to face a Philadelphia team that has lost twice and drawn thrice since their only win in match day two of the season.
Well that didn’t go as planned. It was oddly reminiscent of how the New York Red Bulls got off the schneid last year: a 2-1 win in Harrison, NJ against the Philadelphia Union. The Union had the stats to back up a win, but as we have seen time and time again, stats don’t win games.
It had been almost two years since my last journey to the tin can that is Red Bull Arena. I traveled there filled with optimism of a victory, would I leave satisfied?
This was not the first trip I've made with the Sons of Ben, and it certainly won't be my last. I've traveled twice each to New Jersey and Washington DC respectively, but I hadn't traveled anywhere for the Union since August of 2012.
The Union have a problem giving up good shots and the numbers back it up. That problem was exposed by the Red Bulls on Wednesday night and this time there wasn't enough offense to save the day.
Perhaps one of these days it will be the Philadelphia Union that play like the desperate team. The New York Red Bulls, at home and desperate for their first win, found enough space inside their offensive 18 to net two goals and earn the win.