Soccer is often times a beautiful sport filled with breath-taking passes, scintillating footwork, and incredible feats of concentration and precision. Last night's 0-0 draw between the Philadelphia Union and the LA Galaxy was not one of those times.
The Philadelphia Union's announced starting XI said they would be playing their traditional 4-2-3-1, however functionally the way they lined up was more of a 4-1-4-1 with Haris Medunjanin alone between the lines and Alejandro Bedoya playing up a bit higher than a traditional 4-2-3-1 might typically suggest for a midfielder.
Some things are certain. Death. Taxes. The Philadelphia Union sticking to their 4-5-1 formation. You're not gonna change the inevitability of them, so you may as well start working within the confines presented to you. I'm not making any dinner reservations past next week, I itemize my deductions, and we may as well try and figure out the best way to use the 4-5-1 with the players the Union have healthy now.
Highlight-reel goals, a Hall of Fame induction, college commitments, spring soccer and more
From the youth and college to the semipro and pro ranks, the Philadelphia region has an incredible amount of soccer happening from week to week that often doesn't get near the attention it deserves. Below is a first attempt at rounding up some of the news and notes from the previous week.
You have to feel for the Philadelphia Union's communications department. They're the people who run the twitter account that people use to vent their frustrations on the Union's season out on, as well as the Union's Facebook page (which is like the twitter account but where your racist uncle can also do the same thing).