After a jam-packed schedule, the Union gets their longest break between games in months. After last Friday’s disappointing loss to New England, the Union has 12 days to prepare for their next game, the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Semifinal.
This 12-day break is a gift to the Union. A good rest for the players not on international duty and a chance for the coaching staff to reassess the team. In the midst of the Union’s awful form of play, this time should be used to reinvent and light a fire under a team that is underperforming.
The Union needs to identify its offensive identity. Having scored just 2 goals in the last 5 games, 3 if you count an own goal. Whether the coaching staff is going to alter the formation or Jim Curtin is going to turn to new players, something needs to change.
Davo made his Union debut for a shorthanded Union against the Revolution. Jesus Bueno has finally arrived in Philadelphia and has begun training with the team. 2 brand new pieces Curtin has to reinvigorate the dreadful offense.
Prepare for the Biggest Game in Club History
The biggest game in Union history was the club stepping into the Estadio Azteca VS Club America. If the team can mount a come-back at home in leg 2, it will be historic.
The Union trail 2-0 on aggregate. Not insurmountable, but not having an away goal could come back and haunt them. 2-0 Union win would force extra-time/penalties, but if Club America scores just once, the Union would have to win outright by 3 goals. On top of that, Club America can go full force not having to worry about giving up an away goal. It is safe the say the Union has their work cut out for them.
It is looking bleak for the Union. If there was ever a time to break out of this offensive rut they’re in, it would be now.
More than Just CCL to Worry About
A CCL comeback would be amazing, but the Union cant let their focus slip off MLS anymore.
The excuse that CCL comes before MLS cant be used now that the Union has a foot out of the CCL door. The club currently sits just 4 points from being out of the MLS Playoff picture. Missing the MLS Playoffs would be an enormous step in the wrong direction. It may also cause some heads to roll within the club.
The Union must use this 12-day break to try and save something of this mediocre season before it slips completely away.
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