Saturday, August 13, 2011

Philadelphia Union vs. FC Dallas Final

So the game ended in a 2-2 final. But that isn't the whole story of the game.

It doesn't tell how FC Dallas dominated physical play.

It doesn't tell how huge a part Sebastian Le Toux played.

The Union managed to pull a result from their Saturday night match against FC Dallas. Despite being thoroughly outplayed by FC Dallas, and especially my man of the match, Kevin Hartman.

After a bad foul late in the match, which put FC Dalllas down a man, Kevin Hartman came through in the clutch. Save after save followed. Surpassed only by his ability to take time off the clock. Hartman didn't only stop Union shots, he prevented them. And he was by far the man of the match.

Overall, the Union need work. Adu needs a week of conditioning to get to know his teammates. The backline needs a week to fix their mistakes. And Nowak needs a week to decide how best to play his new players, and his current players, in an attack that will actually produce run of play goals.

The Union were lucky to escape with a result. 1st place Columbus will not be so kind.

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