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Philadelphia Union disappointed with RSL draw

Philadelphia Union disappointed with RSL draw

Hunter Martin

The Union were understandably disappointed in only managing to draw with RSL after a dominant first half.

Following an upsetting draw at home against Real Salt Lake, it was no surprise that Philadelphia Union manager Peter Nowak showed his disappointment on his face. In a game that the Union offense easily controlled two-thirds of, Nowak was as confused as anyone else concerning the goal by Real Salt Lake’s Fabian Espindola early in the second half.

“Where is the justification on that goal?” Nowak asked. “There was a similar play at Colorado last week that was called, but not here. I do not understand. I am very confused by that goal. It seems week by week we have to adjust to new rules. First at Colorado, then something different at home.”

Nowak did not only have questions regarding that goal, but also the goal that was taken away from Sebastian Le Toux. Nowak explained his feelings, “From my perspective, he was not offsides. Now we do have the panoramic cameras, so we will watch it and find out for sure.” 

His feelings were explained entirely with one of his closing statements. “We know we should be in first place, two points ahead of New York. They never created anything offensively.”

Union players shared a similar point of view. Even after his first career goal, midfielder Keon Daniel was not overly jovial following the match. Daniel briefly spoke of his goal, deciding instead to speak of the goal that was allowed by the Union defense. Speaking about the outcome, Daniel stated “That’s just football. We worked hard and we played well, and they took advantage of the one chance they had. That’s just the way the game goes.”

Real Salt Lake manager Jason Kreis held a different mindset from the Union. Not only did he feel the game was as even as the score displayed, he felt the RSL offense had a much stronger second half than the Union.

Kreis explained his opinion, “The Union probably should have been two or three up going into halftime. Not knowing the statistics, I feel like the Union controlled the first half, and we controlled the second.”

With a team that seemed to be set back from a second game in four days, along with injuries and missing players due to international allegiances, the focus seemed to be on the midfield play. Kreis, while not disappointed with them, did say he spoke with his group. “I told them it starts with mentality. You have to fight for every ball and be dynamic. It really starts with fighting on every possession.” 

Kreis and Real Salt Lake leave Philadelphia in a tie for third place with Seattle, which does fully satisfy Kreis. “Evaluating the whole week, our goal was to head home with two points or more, which we obviously did not do with today’s tie.”

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