The scariest thing about Halloween night was the Philadelphia Union’s ghastly performance in the Bronx.
In predictable fashion, the Union came up small again, this time falling to New York City 3-1 and crashing out of the playoffs in the very first round, which is what they did in 2016 and 2011.
They have never won a playoff game.
The U looked outmatched and outsmarted from the jump, playing on a shitty and embarrassing patchwork assembly of sod laid down over a baseball field. NYC’s ridiculous excuse of a pitch hamstrings possession teams like the Union and kills any semblance of a passing game. What you watched on Sunday and Wednesday was a bullshit version of magnet ball, rather than anything resembling soccer.
That said, they didn’t do themselves any favors. They never do.
As an example, here’s the 33-year-old veteran midfielder, a guy who played in a World Cup, letting his man run right by him, leaving the burden on the 19-year-old rookie to defend two players at once:
Pathetic plays like that are the reason the Union have compiled this record in meaningful matches:
- 2011 playoffs, leg 1: loss
- 2011 playoffs, leg 2: loss
- 2014 USOC final: loss
- 2015 USOC final: loss
- 2016 playoffs: loss
- 2018 USOC final: loss
- 2018 playoffs: loss
The Philadelphia Union are now 0-7 all time in cup finals and playoff games.