In a physical final match, Philly showed that there is hope for the future in a rugged, efficient performance.
To cap a disappointing week, the Union fell to a flawed Toronto side as Andrew Wenger auditioned for a fullback spot.
The Union sat back and absorbed New England’s pressure. They earned a point through Andre Blake’s heroism and Fernando Aristeguieta’s fine finish, but they will need to transition with much more success to trouble Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday.
A poor showing from Houston gave Union fans a glimpse of the potential a fully loaded midfield offers. The return of Mo Edu led to unnecessary questions about his best position.
When a talented team executes their gameplan perfectly, there is not much an opponent can do. The Crew are a talented team, and the Union could not recover after being pinned back the entire first half.