Philadelphia Union continue to sputter despite improved performance in defeat to Colorado Rapids

Union's rough start to their third season continues with loss to Colorado. Lionard Pajoy scored a consolation after Jaime Castrillon and Tony Cascio put the Rapids ahead.
CHESTER, Pa. -- Two matches and two losses so far this season for the Philadelphia Union. Sunday's 2-1 defeat to the Colorado Rapids was an improvement over last week's performance against the Portland Timbers, but it wasn't good enough to produce a win.

Team manager Peter Nowak stressed that, despite the result, he thought his side played well and will keep improving with each passing match.

"Overall, I think we played much better than in Portland," said Nowak of his team's second contest. "We have to stick to the plan and believe in what we’re doing as a team. I think overall we played a pretty good game, but those mistakes were made."

He also was pleased with the the cohesive nature of his squad and its movement going forward, but lamented its inability to finish the chances it had.

“You know, we’re disappointed," Nowak said. "I feel bad for the team because they did everything right. At certain moments we lost concentration here and there. I feel like we never had problems with structure or pressure or anything like that. Just a missing touch here and there -- final pass, execution.

On the winning side of things, Colorado Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja was extremely pleased with his team's performance even after it played a big portion of the second half down a man thanks to Jeff Larentowicz's dismissal.

“The credit today goes to my players," said Pareja. "They got the result they deserved. It is a hard place to play. I think Philadelphia did a good job of pressuring in the first half, taking the ball away from us, but the boys reacted well in the second half and they deserve credit for that.”

Colorado continues league play next week at New York. Philadelphia will travel to Chicago.

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