Saturday, August 13, 2011

First Half Philadelphia Union vs. FC Dallas

The first half showed sloppy play from both sides. A sloppy play by Carlos Valdes let in a goal. a take down in the box gave Le Toux his 5th Union penalty shot, and he has made all 5. A late goal by Brek Shea ends the half at 2-1.

Physically, I would say that FC Dallas has dominated the play. They seem to hold possession better than the Union are. They are running down balls faster, winning more 50/50 balls, and generally controlling play. And the Shea goal at the end of the half sapped whatever Union momentum was gained by the Le Toux penalty kick.

Overall, Union play has been less than stellar. Passing has been off the mark. Despite having 6 corners, the Union have only 1 goal, and that off a penalty kick. The Union seem to think offense will be generated from a long ball to a striker, but the past 45 minutes has proved this an ineffective attack against FC Dallas.

Overall, Dallas has dominated this game. The Union are lucky to be in it. Serious adjustments need to be made at half. Passing needs to be crisper, and a little less aggressive. Slowing the ball down, and trying to control play will generate better looks for the Union offense in the 2nd half.

That, and fewer bonehead mistakes from the backline.

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