It seems as though, despite massive improvement over the course of a few seasons, that Zac MacMath has been dumped for a shiny new goalkeeper. Was it the right call?
There is no doubt that Zac MacMath has had growing pains during his development in Philadelphia. Criticism of him has been fair in years prior, but as the goalkeeper improves so does the intensity of his critics.
Yes! The Philadelphia Union won! They beat a fairly good Eastern Conference team bound for the playoffs! Their young guns scored the goals! Aaaand it ultimately meant nothing. Despite it not helping the Union at all, despite this win not coming a couple of games ago and helping them reach the playoffs, despite all of that.
The curious case of the Philadelphia Union and its unique Goalkeeping situation might come as a surprise to most of you. Unfortunately, it's more like business as usual for a Nick Sakiewicz-run team.
Nick Sakiewicz was a goalkeeper in his "playing" days. One would think he would know a thing or two about the position and thepsyche of the players, but that doesn't stop him from playing mind games or just being fickle with them.
MLS is wired. The ingratiation of data collection and management tools have the ability to change the game in ways we haven't even dreamed up yet. Could the dataization of MLS lead world soccer into a Brave New World?
It's not very often that we post something not Union related, but I personally found this immensely interesting on several different levels.
Every week 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.
While there were some vital games going on in MLS this weekend (especially that game in LA), the Philadelphia Union had nothing to play for other than pride.
"The point is there ain't no point." ― Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men
So it has come to this. An essentially meaningless game will be our last chance to watch the boys in blue at PPL Park in 2014. Sporting Kansas City have already punched their ticket to the playoffs (although nowadays shouldn't it be "swiped their card" to the playoffs?
The DoopCast fellows discuss the DC United and Chicago debacles.
Well, well, well... With the Philadelphia Union clinging on to faint playoff hopes by their fingernails like Wile E Coyote hanging off the edge of a cliff, the boys in blue looked anxious and tighter than Jim Curtin's suits. Gone was the free-flowing panache of the Open Cup Final and in it's place was an approach more cautious than a seventh grade Dr.
Frustration sums up this season. Another trophy-less and non-playoff season doesn't cure it. Who's to blame?
It has been really hard to write about this team in recent weeks. Since the US Open Cup Final, the Philadelphia Union have looked ragged and worn thin. It has come back to haunt them in the past two games with two late collapses.
A different look at how the Union managed the game during the 7 minute collapse that ended the season
With a promising Union season giving way to the bitterest of disappointments, allocating the blame has become the topic du jour. Criticism of ownership, Nick Sakiewicz, Jim Curtin's recent decisions, player fitness, player quality and consistent physical and mental lapses are all worthy factors to be dissected.
In a game the Philadelphia Union just had to win, they fell completely flat. I don't know that I've seen a more frustrating game than that one in a long time. If I'm being honest with myself, I would say that the Union just don't deserve to go to the playoffs. But the fan in me still says that we've got the talent to play with anyone, hence the frustration.