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Check out PSP’s match report, which also contains a number of illuminating quotes from the coaches and players.
John Hackworth said after the game, “It was really tough loss to lose a game like that in injury time after fighting so hard to come back and equalizing. The team in the locker room is pretty gutted at the moment. It’s just a tough one. We really feel like we deserved at least a point out of that game, in every way possible.”
Gabriel Gomez said, “It’s definitely sad. The team didn’t do what we worked on this week. We faced a good team that has proven their position in the west. We know that we have to improve a lot of things. We have a great team, great players, we work well but we are lacking attitude and we have to respect our fans that always come to support the team.”
Carlos Valdes said of the depressingly anemic Union offense, “Not scoring many goals, it’s lack of confidence in ourselves…Everybody is trying to do whatever they can without risking. And sometimes in soccer you have to take this risks in order to get points.”
More on the sputtering offense. “I’m not going to say there’s a disconnection, but I’ll say we need to trust each other more,” said Danny Mwanga. “When we get the ball, we have to trust the forwards.”
Hackworth said of the offensive woes, “It’s the entire team, it isn’t just what Lio is doing. When the ball goes to him, he has to hold it up for us and allow us to help him. It’s not one player. It’s everybody, it’s a team issue.”
Steve Lenhart has scored four goals in just two appearances at PPL Park, all from headers, the first brace coming when he was with Columbus Crew in 2010. Said Hackworth, “That guy’s a Union killer isn’t he?”
Frank Yallop said of his decisive substituting in of Steve Lenhart and Marvin Chavez in the 61st minute, “They have pace and power. We wanted to give them at least enough time to get into the game and get their rhythm. If you do with 10 minutes to go it never really works…I just felt we had to go and win the game. If we had kept with what we were doing we would’ve probably conceded a goal and probably not scored tonight.”
SI’s Avi Creditor says, “For coach Frank Yallop to dig into his bench and bring on the likes of speedster Marvin Chavez and renowned nuisance Steven Lenhart speaks volumes of the job done by general manager John Doyle to assemble his 2012 squad that is off to a Western-Conference-best 6-1-1 start after a last-minute, 2-1 road victory over the Philadelphia Union.”
Danny Califf said, “If you look at the amount we possessed the ball in comparison to San Jose tonight, it’s not good enough. When you defend for 75 to 80 percent of the game, you get tired and when you get tired, mistakes happen. There’s no way around that. If we’re going to get out of this up-and-down thing and be successful over the long haul of the season, we’re going to have to establish better possession.”
Chris Vito picks up on the trickle down effect of the Gabriel Farfan suspension, which means that Sheanon Williams is playing out of position since Porfirio Lopez is apparently so out of favor that he didn’t even make the game day roster. He quotes Califf:
” I think (Farfan’s suspension) changes us a lot due to the fact that, No. 1, Sheanon goes out on the left, where he’s not as comfortable. So you take him off the right, where he’s not only comfortable but he also is a huge part of our offense, and you put him in a spot where he’s not as comfortable and that takes away our left-sided attack out of the back…Nothing against Sheanon, but he’s not left-footed and he’s not used to playing there. He’s athletic, but he’s not going to give you anything (there). It’s hard, right? He just can’t do what Gabe does on the left. He gives us that on the right, but it’s just not there on the left. It’s kind of a dynamic of our game that’s completely lost. Not only do we not have the left, but now we don’t have as much on the right…I think Ray does a great job, but he’s still a kid and he’s still got a lot of inexperience and he shows flashes of being a brilliant player, but he needs more games. When we lose Sheanon on the right and an attacking guy on the left, it hamstrings us when we’re trying to play out of the back.”
Goal.com’s Kyle McCarthy praises Chris Wondolowski’s play: “…the prolific forward applied pressure to Union right back Raymon Gaddis and forced Gaddis to concede possession in the attacking third. When Gaddis did well to recover and shut off his attacking avenue, Wondolowski wisely played the ball backwards to retain possession. That pass started a sequence that continued with some tidy interplay – including a neat through ball by Wondolowski to Marvin Chávez – through the attacking half and concluded Steven Lenhart’s diving opener.”
The Union shutout streak ended at 407 minutes. “We’re not worried about that,” said Zac MacMath. “We’re more worried about not getting the result tonight. That’s the most frustrating part.”
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