From worst, to nearly first, the Philadelphia Union, have made a lot of people switch their opinions on them.
Back in early March, the Union were at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, and were arguably the worst team in the league. The laughing stock of the league. They started the season off bright. Taking 2 out of a possible 6 points from two very difficult opponents is not a bad way to start the season. Then this is where their slump started. The team just fell apart, losing 2-1 to Orlando, then 2-1 to D. C. United, 3-1 to Portland, 2-0 to New York City FC, and then a draw against the LA Galaxy. Something had to change ASAP, either it was a new coach, or lineup changes, etc. Nothing happened, then coach staff, and then the team decided to turn it around.
May has been by far the Union’s best month this season. They have played four games, winning all four, outscoring their opponents by a combined 11-1! This is a remarkable turnaround from a team who was in last place just a month ago. They set a franchise record with four straight clean sheets. The team is getting together at the right time, and is clearly going to keep getting better as the season moves on. We are finally seeing the team play as we had hoped. With the moves the Union made this off season, they should be playing a lot better but it took them a little bit longer to gel. It’s better that it happened in the beginning of the season, compared to later in the season when they’re trying to make a push to the playoffs. Give coach Jim Curtin a lot of credit, with sticking with the team. Also give the players a ton of credit, not only did they stick together as one, they didn’t let the losses change them as a team. They stuck together, trained harder, improved every training session, and you can see how much progress they made in these past few games. They play this Saturday, against Real Salt Lake, who currently sit second, to last in the western conference. Don’t let their record of 3-2-8, change your perspective on their team. They bring a threat to the Union, and the Union has to be ready.
The Union, are currently sitting outside of a playoff spot right now, but with the way they are playing, that can change this weekend. They are one point behind the New York Red Bulls, who the union, beat 3-0 earlier in the season. The season is halfway over, and things are looking bright for the Union. They just need to keep this momentum up, and playoffs could be in play again.