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The Union Fall to the New York Red Bulls 2-0
- Updated: October 24, 2016
“I would put us [Union] somewhere between 6th to 10th with the ability to beat anyone from 1 to 5,” Philadelphia Union’s head coach Jim Curtin told the press after the Union exited Talen Energy Stadium on Sunday night still in their non-wining streak. However, despite their 2-0 defeat at the hands of the New York Red Bulls, they did leave knowing that they have a playoff game on Wednesday in Toronto because of the goal differentiate.
“Every point you earn in this league is critical and our guys deserved every point,” said Curtin. “I know I have a very good team, still a dangerous team, that matches up with the rest of eastern conference. We are a team that creates chances [too]. We do get them but it’s now the matter in putting the ball behind the net.”
With 4 misses, 4 attempts on target and 3 shots saved, the union are walking into the playoffs with a non wining streak of 7. They started both half well. In the first half Ronald Alberg took a shot 4 minutes into the game but missed. Alejandro Bedoya also took a shot 30 seconds into the second half but his shot was blocked.
Bedoya talks about having the benefit of playing in Europe and his experiences is something he can bring to the table and help lead this team into victory. Also having the benefit to play alongside Toronto F. C’s stars Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore, with the U.S Men’s National Team, he knows how those key players for the opposing team style of play but says that it doesn’t matter that they play together for the U.S soccer team, he and the Union wants to win and will fight and do everything in their power to win.
“We are at this level because we are competitors,” said Bedoya on Sunday night. “Whether I hack Michael or if I hack Jozy; it doesn’t he’s going to do the same thing to me. We’re cool with each other off the field but when it gets on the field it’s all about competing and doing everything you can for your team.”
Although conceding two goals, one by Bradley Wright-Phillips in the 26th minute and one by Alex Muyl in the 57th minute, and not walking away with a win in 7 matches, Curtin still congratulates his team for making it to the playoffs, the 2nd time in Union’s history, because that is the bigger picture: the playoffs. To have the opportunity to lift the MLS Cup is sill in Union’s reach but now they just have to be the team Jim Curtin knows they can be to give the fans another home game at the Talen Energy Stadium.