Sep 27, 2013, 10:48 PM EDT
With each result meaning more and more for those mired in the playoff race (practically everyone), three points on the road against one of the only teams above the playoff race is about as good as it gets.
Maybe Machiavelli was a soccer fan, because for the Philadelphia Union, the ends most certainly justify the means.
John Hacksworth made two changes, and while it’s certainly possible if this game was replayed that Philadelphia would be slaughtered, the system worked and the Union slide into the playoff scenario – for now.
Hacksworth removed striker Sebastian Le Toux from his 4-4-2 that played to a 1-0 loss against Houston last week, and instead selected midfielders Michael Farfan and Michael Lahoud.
Philadelphia got the goal they needed thanks to a Conor Casey putback (their first goal in four matches), and they didn’t break the rest of the match.
Sure, Sporting KC had 62% of the possession. Sure, the home side grabbed seven corners to Philadelphia’s one. Sure, Sporting managed 19 shots to Philadelphia’s 8. But of those 19 shots, just five went on net.
It was a wasteful, sloppy performance from Kansas City who are not in any immediate playoff danger but will be ruing falling in a game they easily could have dominated.
Sporting were missing Matt Besler for the second straight match, which still no one has been able to figure out. Since wearing the captain’s armband against Real Esteli last week, he’s sat on the bench two straight games despite not appearing in the injury report.
As for Philadelphia, the win is about as monumental as you could possibly imagine. The points move them up into fifth position – the final playoff spot – in the East. If that’s not enough good news, here’s their next three opponents: Toronto (9th place), D.C. United (last), and Montreal (lost two in a row). And they finish up with KC again.
It’s not over yet, but the Union just put themselves in prime position to make the playoffs. This just makes tomorrow’s Revs/Dynamo matchup that much bigger. As if it needed it.
Sep 19, 2014, 1:46 PM EDT
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Sep 19, 2014, 12:55 PM EDT
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Sep 19, 2014, 12:05 PM EDT
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Sep 19, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT
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Sep 19, 2014, 11:20 AM EDT
A Washington Post report asks why Hope Solo is being celebrated for her on-field efforts while awaiting the results of her not guilty plea to domestic abuse charges.
Sep 19, 2014, 10:32 AM EDT
It’s not about the Impact, the CONCACAF Champions League or the club’s record. For Di Vaio, it’s about home.
Sep 19, 2014, 9:25 AM EDT
Perhaps the investigation took a bit too long, but it seems many athletes did not understand the depths of their joke usage.
Sep 19, 2014, 8:40 AM EDT
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Sep 19, 2014, 7:48 AM EDT
The required capacity for the final was a minimum of 70,000 seats, which certainly helped England near the front of the pack.
Sep 19, 2014, 12:06 AM EDT
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Sep 18, 2014, 11:32 PM EDT
Sporting took a big step toward getting out of Group 2 thanks to its Spanish winger.
Sep 18, 2014, 10:50 PM EDT
Awkward bounces made a disorganized El Tri look awful and the high-powered USWNT look pedestrian in a 4-0 decision on Thursday night.
Sep 18, 2014, 9:22 PM EDT
Users decided to make the new art’s white space into a plus, ditching the high brow concept in favor of more appealing products.
Sep 18, 2014, 8:20 PM EDT
NBCSN’s first of three weekend broadcasts takes place tomorrow night at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Sep 18, 2014, 7:41 PM EDT
It’s 14 years off, but The FA is still planning to make a push.
Sep 18, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT
Roberto Martinez makes an impressive European debut, while Mauricio Pochettino sees him team go without a shot on target.
Sep 18, 2014, 4:25 PM EDT
MLS has admitted failure before. Today’s new art may prove to be another idea the league should cast off.
Sep 18, 2014, 3:09 PM EDT
With Week four in the books, here’s how the PL teams stack up in our rankings of power.
Sep 18, 2014, 2:27 PM EDT
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Sep 18, 2014, 1:45 PM EDT
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