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Union draw Chivas, Califf wants more

The Philadelphia Union earned a point at Chivas USA Saturday night, pulling into a 3-way tie for last place (or a 3-way tie for 6th place, depending on your perspective). While the Union will be happy to grab a needed point on the road, the team has to be disappointed not to win after they started strong and saw number one pick Danny Mwanga continue his emergence with a icy cold finish in the 21st minute.

After going in front, the Union shut down. There is no doubting the quality of Blair Gavin’s 42nd minute goal, but the inability of the Union to get any counterattack against Chivas aggressive response to Mwanga’s goal leaves Philly fans wondering what it will take to get this team to play 90 minutes of soccer with no lapses in concentration.

Speaking to MLSsoccer.com, Union captain Danny Califf said, “I don’t think we’re satisfied with one point on the road anymore. I think we’re a better team than that, and I think we’re a better team than we showed tonight. Sometimes, you go on the road and you can take a point when you don’t play your best, and I think tonight is one of those nights.”

Gavin’s goal was a beautifully placed half volley from outside the box following a poorly cleared set piece. It was the type of goal that Philadelphia’s defense has given up all too often this season, a tying goal due to poor fundamentals.

The Union will look to grab all three points against San Jose next Saturday. The Quakes are going through something of an identity crisis as they try to decide on a starting goalie. Veteran Jon Busch has been in good form of late, but Joe Cannon is waiting in the wings.

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