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Philadelphia Union left frustrated after 1-1 draw with Colorado Rapids

A promising three-match homestand ended with just two points for the Philadelphia Union

CHESTER, Pa. — The Philadelphia Union once again left the Talen Energy Stadium field frustrated on Wednesday night.

The Union failed to defeat Major League Soccer’s worst team and settled for a 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids

Just like their last two home games against Seattle and Portland, the Union simply weren’t good enough in the final third. 

“You ain’t gonna win (crap) if you can’t finish,” Union captain Alejandro Bedoya said. “We can’t score goals. We have our chances, but if you let a team in the game, they punish you with just one clinical opportunity they had.
 
“It’s frustrating, but back to the training ground,” Bedoya said. “Working on the service, our runs into the box and finishing because we’re missing the end product.” 

Jim Curtin’s side attempted 26 shots, but only placed seven on target, including its lone goal that was produced in the 26th minute by Sergio Santos. 

The Union opened the contest with 10-minute barrage in the final third. They created four shots and three corners, but were unable to put a shot on target. 

The trend continued for most of the first half, but the Union were able to put one of their shots on target in the first 45 minutes into the back of the net. 

Santos played a lovely one-two combination with Jamiro Monteiro and took the ball into open space to score past Clint Irwin.

“It was a play that started out with some pressure and we were able to get out of it,” Santos said through a translator. “Jamiro laid off a great pass and I was able to finish just like I worked on so many times in training.” 

Unfortunately for the Union (7-4-4, 25 points), they continued to struggle in front of the net after the goal, and their inefficiency eventually caught up with them midway through the second half. 

In the 72nd minute, the Rapids (2-9-3, 9 points) equalized on a well-hit strike from substitute Jonathan Lewis. Lewis benefited from an Andre Shinyashiki assist and powered his shot past Andre Blake from the right side of the penalty area. 

May 29, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Clouds build at Talen Energy Stadium prior to game between the Philadelphia Union and the Colorado Rapids. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The play started with a quick throw-in from Diego Rubio, who picked out Shinyashiki. The forward then took advantage of poor defending by three Union players on the left side of the box and picked out Lewis with a superb ball. 

“We want to take quick restarts when we can and Diego, Andre and Jon were all on the same page,” Rapids defender Keegan Rosenberry said. “He did really well and put it in the bottom corner. It was perfect.”

The goal was a deserved reward for the Rapids, who showed little fear moving forward in a game where they could have bunkered in for the entire 90 minutes. 

For the final 18 minutes, the Rapids employed that defensive strategy since they were playing for a point against a team that continued to struggle in front of goal. 

The defensive strategy at the end of the second half worked for the Rapids, who secured a point for a third straight game.

The Union’s three-game homestand ended in disappointment. Against Seattle, Portland and Colorado, the Union earned two out of a possible nine points. 

“We just have to get it together in the final third because we have everything else except for the final product,” Bedoya said.

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