SBI MLS Team of the Week: Philadelphia Union

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It's not that often that a team with nine men walks off the field as winners, but the Philadelphia Union were able to do just that Saturday night.

The Union held off Chivas USA 1-0 despite red cards to Keon Daniel and Gabriel Farfan for violent challenges, getting a back-heel goal from Freddy Adu, stout goalkeeping from Zac MacMath and a solid overall defensive effort to take home SBI's MLS Team of the Week honors.

The win marked the second straight for the Union after an 0-3-1 start, and MacMath now has a 332-minute shutout streak after early-season woes had some questioning whether he was ready for the No. 1 job. The Union will look to make it three wins in a row against the San Jose Earthquakes this weekend, but they'll have to do so without Daniel, Farfan and manager Peter Nowak, who will all be suspended for the match.

Philadelphia beat out San Jose, who used more Steven Lenhart guile to top nine-man Real Salt Lake and take over first place in the West; Portland, who became the first team to knock off Sporting Kansas City, doing so via an own goal; and D.C. United, who bounced back from a disappointing home draw with Montreal to rout the rival New York Red Bulls.

What did you think of the Union's victory? Did you thnk a different team had a better Week 7?

Share your thoughts below.

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11 Responses to SBI MLS Team of the Week: Philadelphia Union

  1. A wise man once says:

    San Jose, really?

  2. srf says:

    SBI loves the thugs, huh?

  3. Ron Burgandy says:

    Stay classy flipadelphia

  4. PD says:

    SBI, you can’t be serious. I’m saying this as a union fan. I watched the whole match and to say that the Union earns TOW honors from that performance is like calling someone who walks away from a head on car crash a good driver.

    Two wins aside, this team has a ways to go before we can call out it’s performance as promising.

  5. and furthermore PD says:

    I did not see San Jose or Portland and the NY DC match had as much to do with a bumbling backline, but I have to belive there was a better team out there this week.

  6. Dennis Reynolds says:

    flip, flip, flipadelphia

  7. CoachK says:

    Well said PD. Ives you CAN”T be serious. What are you thinking in rewarding a team that is reduced to 9 as Team of the week? Shame on you There were definitely better candidates? How about the team beating the current champs Sporting KC (even if it were an own goal) They stood solid and held their leadand head’s high to win it?! Far more impressive than thugadelphia winning with only 9?

    Coach K

  8. James says:

    Two straight reds that could have severely injured players and a coach who completely disrespects the sanctity of the field and is ejected = team of the week? WOW the MLS must truly suck.

    Alternatively, there was a much more deserving team.

    Nevertheless, seriously, giving a team that gets its players and coach ejected “team of the week”? I don’t get that at all.

  9. MettaWP says:

    Ives, you seriously might want to retract this one. Absurd.

    Is Ron Artest your NBA player of the week for helping the Lakers win?

  10. Neumannator says:

    I’m a Union fan and I don’t support this choice. Boring and uninspiring team of the week maybe.

  11. Just sayin' says:

    In related news, the NFL just named awarded the New Orleans Saints with its inaugural Team of the Offseason award.