How many times can you say the word "if" over the course of 90 minutes? If this, and if that, and if who knows how many other things on Saturday, then it wouldn't have been a 1-1 draw.
But it was, and thus the Union remain in second place behind Columbus. The Union have a game in hand, but things do not get any easier in the short term.
FC Dallas, who are playing arguably the best soccer in MLS right now, come to PPL Park next weekend. With stalwart defender Carlos Valdés defended, it will be a monumental test of whether the Union can still hold their own with the truly elite teams in the league.