Saturday's 4-1 loss to Montreal was a disastrous start to the season's stretch run. What seemed like a smooth path to the playoffs now looks bumpy.
"There's big quality in this team," the newly-signed Polish striker said. "They try to play football, not only long ball."
Oguchi Onyewu, a commanding centerback for the U.S. national team who played for the Union last year, announced his retirement from the field on Monday.
After rising through the Union's youth ranks since starting as a 10-year-old, Brenden Aaronson got right into the middle of an intense training session for the first time since signing his first pro contract.
Of the five games in the season-defining 15-day stretch that started for the Union Saturday night, this was the one they could least afford to lose.
After scouting Kacper Pryzbylko for a few weeks in Chester, the Union decided they liked what they saw enough to offer him a contract.
Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan scored and the Portland Thorns advanced to the National Women's Soccer League championship game with a 2-1 semifinal victory over the Seattle Reign on Saturday.
The two have staged some great duels in recent seasons. There could be another Saturday at Talen Energy Stadium.
Aaronson is one of the best creators in the current crop of academy players. He turned down a college scholarship at Indiana to become a pro.
Conceiving, creating and then selling a mascot and the face of a sports team's brand is no easy business, particularly in Philadelphia.
The Delran native criticized Sky Blue's under-funding of training infrastructure, travel and other matters - and hopes for an audience with co-owner and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy.
Four-time U.S. Open Cup winners in the 1960s, they remain the last Philadelphia-area team to claim the title. Their clubhouse in North Wales is full of photos, trophies, and memorabilia.
From Sept. 15-29, the Union will play five games in 15 games across three time zones - including road trips to Seattle, Houston for the U.S. Open Cup final, and fellow playoff contender Columbus.