Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Union's offensive struggles continue

The Union's offensive struggles continued with Saturday's 1-0 Major League Soccer loss to the host Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center.

Union’s offensive struggles continue

By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer

The Union’s offensive struggles continued with Saturday’s 1-0 Major League Soccer loss to the host Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center.

The team didn’t have a shot in the first half and even while playing a majority of the second half a man up after a Galaxy red card, the Union still didn’t force Galaxy goalie Donovan Ricketts into making any spectacular saves. In three games Union (2-1) have scored two goals.

“We had the opportunity once they got a red card to push the game and go forward on the attack and that happened,” said Union midfielder Brian Carroll in a phone interview following the game. “We needed to be a little sharper going forward.”

Los Angeles, which scored a goal in the 33rd minute when Leonardo headed in an outstanding David Beckham service off a free kick, was able to make that goal stand up.

“They sat in and defended like gangbusters,” Carroll said.

The Galaxy (2-1-1) missed a chance to increase the lead when Juninho hit the cross bar on a blast in the 50th minute.

The Union earned a man advantage in the 53rd minute when Galaxy midfielder Chris Birchall earned a red card after a tussle with Carlos Ruiz.

Union forward Jack McInerney was assessed a red card during stoppage time in the second half. The Union missed the attacking style of midfielder Justin Mapp, who was sidelined with a hamstring strain.

On Wednesday, the Union visit D.C. United at the Maryland SoccerPlex in a U.S. Open Cup game and then returns to MLS action with Saturday’s 7 p.m. meeting with the New York Red Bulls at PPL Park.

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