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.
After the Union fell 1-0 to Crystal Palace in Friday night's friendly at PPL Park, we look at the individual performances that stood out, and those that fell short.
Strong showings from Sebastien Le Toux, and center back pairing Maurice Edu and Ethan White, on a night when both the Union and Fire struggles to create shots on goal from open play.
You think the Union looked good on Wednesday night? Wait until Vincent Nogueira and Cristian Maidana get more time together with each playing in their preferred position. Then look out.
The Union should have beaten Colorado. Questionable late game strategy and poor execution cost them dearly when it mattered most.
The Union played too deep to start, responded well to Dallas' opener, then failed to mount a comeback in the second half after a deflating own goal.
There were signs of real progress as the Union returned to league play with a 3-1 road win over New England.
Second half adjustments helped solidify the midfield and sparked the Union fightback.
Chivas USA makes everyone look good. Fortunately for Philadelphia Union, they were this week's beneficiary, but they earned it.
Stranded forwards. Woeful defending. Damaging turnovers. It was a nightmare display on Sunday in LA.
While suspensions, injuries, and international duty played their part, the Union's decision to field their least mobile centerback pairing was at the heart of the Union's dismal loss to New England.
A loss might have be the final nail in John Hackworth's coaching coffin. Instead, the under-fire Union manager got the effort of a lifetime from his makeshift squad.
Neither the defense nor the midfield had a bad day at the office, but proceedings grounded to a halt when the Union reached the final third against DC United.
There were definite positives from the Union's showing in Seattle, but with their winless streak at 8 matches, they must turn positivity into points -- plural -- against DC United.
After the toothless display against Houston, many assumed Philly would spend last week working on how to get the ball from the back to the attacking third with more consistency and speed. The results of such work were not evident in the final product Saturday's loss to Montreal.
PSP has player ratings and analysis from the Union's scoreless draw with Houston on Saturday.
In falling yet again at Red Bull Arena, the Union looked confused, disorganized and at times downright disinterested.
What to do with Nogueira and can someone get the Union some "No Doze"?
Another dominant performance, another disappointing result. PSP has player ratings and analysis on the Union's 1-1 draw with Montreal.
Good teams take positives from losses. Luckily for the Union, there were plenty of positives in Saturday's loss to the Crew.
The Union have never played a better half than they played in the first half against New England on Saturday, winning 1-0.
Player ratings from the Union's 2-0 U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal victory over New England.
The 4-4-2 the Union trotted out against the Cosmos left wide open spaces in the heart of the pitch on both sides of the ball. If they choose to do the same against the Revolution on Saturday, the result will likely be very different.
PSP's Mike Servedio has player ratings and analysis from the Union's 2-2 draw at Chicago.
The US was the better team on the night, but serious mistakes at the start and end of the match forced them to accept a 2-2 draw against Portugal.
SoccerLens at Apr 13, 2014 @ 2:48pm UTC
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