Ben Olsen used Fabinho's arm injury late in the first half to tinker with his team shape. It paid off almost immediately and the Union never regained a foothold in the match.
Toronto turned the tables on the Union, shutting down Philly's playmakers and striking on their best move of the match.
A collection of stellar performances were rightly overshadowed by Andrew Wenger's first goal of the season as the Union made their dominance count against a flaccid opponent.
The weather dominated the day, as the Union were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw against the visiting Impact.
Three points are always a good thing, but given their struggles to see off Seattle's weakened team, the Union will have to take their game to another level when Montreal comes to town on Saturday.
In getting blown out 5-1, the central players who have been so critical to the Union of late left behind the style of play that has made them successful, and the team suffered for it.
We take a quick look at the players who impressed during Tuesday night's US Open Cup victory over Rochester Rhinos, and those who left the fans wanting more.
The Union were too quick to accept what NYCFC was giving them and failed to make the most of a match in which they should have claimed three points.
After three improved performances, Jim Curtin's game plan became the most clear it has been all season in a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Columbus.
A fluky loss should not send Union fans back to the doldrums.
In a performance reminiscent of their late collapse against Kansas City, the Union had little possession or passing success. But the introduction of CJ Sapong changed the energy of the match and Philly rediscovered their counterattacking chops in a strong second half.
The Union did just enough on Sunday night to claim a crucial second victory of the season at home over DC United
Philadelphia Union had a chance to take the lead in Vancouver, but it was Vancouver that converted their first real chance and went on to dominate the rest of the match.
Only one team could muster the necessary moment of quality on Saturday to walk away with three points. It wasn't the Union.
A sucker punch goal pulled the rug from under Philadelphia Union Saturday, and the remaining 69 minutes were as ugly as it gets.
After another second half let down, the entire team, not specific individuals need to raise their hand and accept a share of the blame for Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Revolution.
On Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, it looked as if NYCFC would control the match wire to wire, but the Union's late game adjustments saw them snatch a late equalizer and an important road point.
Vincent Nogueira powered the midfield before scoring the stoppage time gamewinner.
An ugly yet organized 90 minute performance was almost enough for the Union to earn their first win of the season. Then it all fell apart in stoppage time.
The Union's 1-0 loss was a failure at all levels. Changes must be made to shake the life back into Philadelphia's 2015 season before things can get worse.
Philly hung tough against a good Dallas side, but a red card and a blocked clearance gave the visitors all they needed to leave PPL Park with a comfortable win.
Despite offering precious little threat in the attacking third, the Union came away with 3 goals at Rio Tinto. In the end, Allen Chapman stole the show, unfairly sending the Union back East with only a point to show for their efforts.
A 4-4-2 formation helped the Union match Colorado's chaotic and impotent first half, but a change in shape gave the Union the upper hand in the second forty-five.
In an ironic, but not surprising way, the season ended in the same way that it started.
With players, coaches and fans all turning their attention to 2015, closing out 2014 with a home win was a small but important victory for Jim Curtin and the Philadelphia Union.
After giving away a two goal lead in two minutes, with the clock ticking down in the biggest game of the season, the Union proved all the doubters right.
Despite Chicago being ripe for the picking, even without Le Toux and Casey, the Union failed to get numbers forward and put the kind of pressure on the Fire that would yield a desperately needed result.
DC United does not give up home goals, and they were rarely troubled by the Union after going ahead early.
For the second straight match, the Union's new, high-pressing system failed to get the desired result, this time drawing a blank in front of goal.
Despite a raucous, electric atmosphere at PPL Park, the Union could not get the job done, falling to a Sounders team that rode their two attacking superstars to glory in extra time.
The Union were much, much better than New York. But there is nothing to do except put two lost points in the rearview and focus on Tuesday.
Conor Casey and Andrew Wenger again found the back of the net, as the midfield of Cristian Maidana, Vincent Nogueira and Amobi Okugo showed just how dangerous this team can be down the stretch.
Against an emotional and motivated Toronto side, the Union came out prepared, disciplined, and dominant.
Jim Curtin set his team up ideally to take on a tired San Jose team, and were it not for two defensive lapses, the Union likely would have won by an even more impressive tally than 4-2.
The Union ran themselves out in the opening 45 minutes against Houston, saving little reserve for the second half and eventually slumping to defeat at the end of a grueling week.
A cagey match opened up in the second half, then the spotlight fell -- as it often has recently -- on Zac MacMath.
Sebastien Le Toux single-handedly won Saturday evening's match between two disappointingly poor sides.
Once again, Philly goes into Kansas City with a plan and executes it well, earning a desperately needed point. Jim Curtin is getting buy-in just in time for the stretch run.
Just-Football at Jun 21, 2015 @ 6:08pm UTC
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