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2014 MLS Season Review: Philadelphia Union

Eastern Conference Final Position: 6th

Review

Philadelphia finished the season in the most agonising position in the table, but missed out on the playoffs by seven points. Inconsistency cost the Union the chance of finishing in the top five, but with too many points thrown away from draws and losses, their ten wins was never going to be enough. Their inability to shut out teams meant they ended the year having conceded as many as they scored. They reached the US Open Cup final but were defeated by the dominant Seattle Sounders.

Best Moment

Their five-game unbeaten run. The Union enjoyed some good spells of form on and off during the campaign, and the five-game unbeaten run included some top performances, beating the likes of New York Red Bulls 3-1.

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Worst Moment

Throwing away a 3-1 lead late on to the Colorado Rapids. Philadelphia have to be able to shut out games like this next season if they stand any chance of pushing for a top five finish. Conceding two in the last ten minutes against a side who finished the season in the depths of the league has to be the low point of the season, and they must improve to avoid the same mistakes next year.

Player of the Year

Sebastien Le Toux notched himself 12 goals in 29 appearances and without his goals the Union could have found themselves lower in the table come the end of the season.

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Biggest Win

Chivas USA 0-3 Philadelphia Union (May 31 2014)

Biggest Defeat

LA Galaxy 4-1 Philadelphia Union (May 25 2014)

What to improve for the 2015 season…

Philadelphia have to be able to shut out the opposition more often when they have the lead in games. Turning draws into wins will play a major factor in pushing for the playoffs next year. Breaking down their season’s stats, they only lost 12 out of the 34 games. With 12 draws it’s a similar situation to most of the lower positioned sides, in that they need to find a way to push on and win games. Building around steady performing players is a must and having a goal output up top in the form of Le Toux is something that needs to be utilised more often.

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About Lewis Addley (601 Articles)

Major League Soccer and Premier League reporter.
Sub-editor, writer and Social Media manager for MLSGB.
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