In the MLS Game of the Week, featured on ESPN, the Philadelphia Union suffered a 1-0 defeat to the streaking Seattle Sounders. The Union (2-5-1) were dominated by the third-place team in the Western Conference; they were out shot, out-hustled, and most importantly out-played. Philadelphia generated next to no offense with poor performances from players like Freddy Adu and Lionard Pajoy, and only with stellar defense were they able to keep a ravaging Sounders offense at bay and give up only one goal.
From the first touch of the game Seattle came out swinging. They attacked threateningly and often. Scoring opportunities were frequent in the first 45 minutes led by Seattle’s superstar forward Freddy Montero. He sent crosses flying and Union defenders scrambling to keep the ball from the back of the net.
But Philadelphia’s back four held down the fort, and with the assistance of Zac MacMath in goal, none of the Sounders chances were finished. The Union had one poor opportunity on goal in the first half, leading them into the locker room hungry for some form of offensive mentality.
However, there was no relief from pressure in the second half from the home side. Just two minutes in, Seattle was rewarded with a corner. It was struck into the box and found the head of a Sounders attacker, and was sharply redirected only to be shot back again after rattling off the crossbar above the MacMath’s head.
There proved to be no ends to the reign of attack from the Sounders’ steady offense. In the 63rd minute, Freddy Montero led an odd-man break in the attacking third at the Philadelphia goal. Montero quickly dished the ball to the opposite field where an anxious Mauro Rosales received the ball and quickly fired it into the back of the net. 1-nil Seattle.
The Union, still lacking any offensive mentality, surged on attempting to find an offensive spark from an unknown source. Fresh legs were brought on midway through the latter 45 minutes. Danny Mwanga and Josue Martinez, who are both strikers, looked to provide this spark. But after a desperation corner kick in extra time which failed, all hope was lost as the Sounders celebrated a victory in front of their fans.
The Philadelphia squad will next appear against FC Schalke in a friendly match on May 9th at PPL Park. The Union remain with 7 points, and sit at 9th in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia has the second-lowest points total in the MLS.