The Philadelphia Union meets Club America in Subaru Park for Leg 2 of the CONCACAF Champions League Semifinal on Wednesday. Down 2-0 on aggregate, do the Union have a chance to mount a historic comeback?
Club America, CONCACAF Giants, most CCL wins in history with 7. Already up 2-0 without having to worry about giving up an away goal. Against the Philadelphia Union, with this, the club’s first-ever taste at international competition. As well as the club is in awful form. It really is David VS Goliath, but never say never.
What do the Union Have to Do?
Given that the Union is down 2-0, many believe the main goal should be to score. I disagree. The main goal for the Union, at least early on, should be to not allow Club America to score the away goal. If the Union allows Club America to grab that away goal, which along with it the tiebreaker, the Union will have to win outright by at least 3 goals. If you’re counting at home, that means at the least, as 4-1 Union win. Consider that highly unlikely.
If the Union can get an early goal on a counter during their defensive hold, then somehow steal a goal late to tie it 2-2, then extra time and/or penalties come into play and anything can happen then.
Luck will probably be needed as well. It is CONCACAF. Penalties and red cards can never be counted out and could thrust the Union right through if it falls their way.
Everything Against the Union
There is a lot going against the Union here. The main fact being that Club America is simply a better and more talented team. That is okay. MLS is simply not on LIGA MX’s level yet.
The main thing that the Union, as well as the fans, need to be prepared for, is Subaru Park. Chances are this will not be a pro-Union crowd at Subaru Park. It may be 50/50, it may be 60/40 towards either side. Nonetheless, Subaru Park will be packed with a lot of Club America supporters. The Union may not have that full-packed crowd of Union fans to feed off of. However, you can bet your money that the Sons of Ben will make their voices heard.
So is There a Chance?
Anything can happen, especially in CONCACAF. It may be slim, but no matter what, fans will be there for a never-before-seen environment at Subaru Park. The Union making it this far in CCL is huge, and the exposure from playing Club America will help the Union grow no matter the scoreline.
Never say never. After all, Philly is the City of the Underdogs.
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