Union Eliminated From Playoffs After Lose To FC Cincinnati
There will be no 3rd straight Conference Finals appearance for the Union. They played to a draw with Cincinnati for 93 minutes and were about to force Overtime. But on what appeared to be an offside play, Yerson Mosquera scored the game-winning goal.
Watching the playback, it sure looks like Ian Murphy (#32) was offside. But the only opinion that truly matters is the refs, and they ruled he was onside, so the goal counted. And with that one goal, the Union’s season ended.
It continued a trend we saw play out all season long. The Union were dominant at home. They lost only 1 game at Subaru Park all season long. But when they went on the road, as they were tonight, it was a different story. In the regular season, they were 5-8-4 outside of Philadelphia. Which lead to them being lower in the standings, and having to go on the road in the playoffs. They did win in New England to get to this game. An impressive feat considering the Revolution were 12-1-4 at home. But they could not make it two straight road wins.
And now the questions start. What do the Union do next? They had been dominant for the past several seasons. But cracks started to form this season. They will likely lose Kai Wagner, who was suspended from this game after his use of a racial slur in one of the games against the Revolution. Who replaces his production?
After making it all the way to the MLS Cup last year, and the Eastern Conference Finals the year before, they came up short this time. They are still among the most recently successful Philly teams, but you have to wonder if this hurts the great momentum they were building in the city, at least with the more casual fans.
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