Sep 27, 2013, 10:48 PM EST
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.
Dec 19, 2014, 8:50 PM EST
With 45 points through 17 matches, Bayern Munich is having the best season in Bundesliga history.
Dec 19, 2014, 8:00 PM EST
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Dec 19, 2014, 7:10 PM EST
Newcastle and Sunderland may be bitter rivals, but their managers are telling supporters to behave on Sunday.
Dec 19, 2014, 6:20 PM EST
The Blues’ boss said his Belgian playmaker can become a Chelsea legend, but must win titles first.
Dec 19, 2014, 5:30 PM EST
England’s number one keeper finally put pen to paper with a new deal that will keep him at the Etihad until 2019.
Dec 19, 2014, 4:40 PM EST
The Leicester City boss was also fined $15,000 by the FA following his altercation with a fan.
Dec 19, 2014, 3:55 PM EST
CR7 and Howard, it seems, are among the few blessed with tons of talent and even more desire to work.
Dec 19, 2014, 3:20 PM EST
In the Premier League, Brad Guzan is tasked with keeping Manchester United off the scoreboard.
Dec 19, 2014, 2:05 PM EST
Orlando City founder and president Phil Rawlins described Shea as a big addition to the squad.
Dec 19, 2014, 1:43 PM EST
Altidore’s production for his country and in the Eredivisie prove he’s a much better player than his horrible spell at Sunderland.
Dec 19, 2014, 12:52 PM EST
According to The Daily Express, Man Utd’s man if Mats Hummels won’t come over from Borussia Dortmund is Nicolas Otamendi of Valencia.
Dec 19, 2014, 12:00 PM EST
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Dec 19, 2014, 11:38 AM EST
“He had to make a step back in his recovery,” said Southampton boss Ronald Koeman.
Dec 19, 2014, 10:50 AM EST
Villa Park hasn’t been a fortress for the Villans, and that’s underlined when bigger teams visit.
Dec 19, 2014, 10:10 AM EST
Sporting also added Hungarian striker Kristian Nemeth and Haitian mid James Marcellin.
Dec 19, 2014, 10:02 AM EST
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Dec 19, 2014, 9:06 AM EST
Mangala on visitors to the Etihad: “Normally, teams that are coming here play more defensively.”
Dec 19, 2014, 8:05 AM EST
And to think, all it took was months and months of continuous anger and frustration from nearly everyone who wasn’t a part of FIFA itself.
Dec 19, 2014, 7:45 AM EST
FIFA rankings… what a riot!
Dec 18, 2014, 11:50 PM EST
Luke Shaw is ready to make his return after nearly a month out of action.
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