The Philadelphia Union currently sit in second place in the Eastern Conference. However, make no mistake, the margin for the U is slim as could fall as far as 8th quickly.
The Union are in second place in the East, 4 points back of New England Revolution. However, one thing to pay attention to games played. The Union have 14 games played, while spots 3 through 6 have 13 played, and 7 and 8 have 12. While it is unlikely, if all those teams won those 1 or two games in hand, the Union would be sitting 7 or 8, close to missing the playoffs. Take a look at the standings below for reference.
Now, if the U get hot and rattle off some wins, there should be no worry. However, the standings being so close show no one is running away with the league, but also shows how a few bad losses can really set a team back.
Crucial Trip to Florida
The Union now have a crucial trip to Florida, playing Orlando and Miami Thursday and Sunday. Orlando sits just behind the U in 3rd, a win over them will get some much-needed breathing room from at least 1 opponent. Miami has struggled mightily this year, however, defeated the U at home early in the season. The Union needs to avenge that loss and grab all 3 points against last-place Miami.
The Florida trip means 3 games in an 8 day period, so squad rotation will be a must. The Union is still missing Jamaican players at the Gold Cup. Andre Blake, Cory Burke, and Alvas Powell. Getting Jamiro Monteiro and Matt Freese back from suspension will certainly help.
This Stretch is Integral to the Season
This month’s stretch of games will be crucial to the Union’s MLS Season. The U will need to keep pace with everyone else in the East, but cannot let their focus slip as their Semifinal matchup with Club America comes up as well.
The Eastern Conference is a tight race with First place and Eighth separated by just 10 points. The U being in 2nd is great, but be wary as it will get much tougher as the season progresses.
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