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Shat chat: Union v RSL

Why didn’t the Union earn three points at home against Real Salt Lake? Peter Nowak told reporters after the game that “We talked in the locker room about pushing for a second goal. That was my point to the guys…We gave [Real Salt Lake] a chance to come back and in one shot, that’s it, the game is over.” And, according to the numbers, Nowak is right: by the end full time, RSL managed to record just one shot on goal and that was enough to secure a draw.

First Half v Second Half

Category

1st Half
Union/RSL

2nd Half
Union/RSL

Shots

8/1

4/4

Shots on Goal

5/0

2/1

As was evident to anyone who saw the game, the Union peppered the RSL’s goal in the first half, registering eight shots. Five of those shots—from Mwanga (5′), Daniel (goal, 24′), Valdes (26′), Marfan, (27′) and Williams (32′) were on goal with two shots from Le Toux and another from Valdes being off target. By comparison, RSL managed one shot, which was not on goal.

The Union’s shot total dropped to four in the second half, with Le Toux (73′) and Califf (89) on target. RSL registered four shots in the second half, three of which were off target. The only one that wasn’t was Espindola’s goal.

Match stats

The Union’s 12 attempts on goal is the most since the Toronto game and the third highest of the past five games. The six shots on target is the most since the Toronto game and also the third highest total of the past five games. The number of corner kicks earned is the most recorded by the Union since detailed statistics became available beginning with the San Jose game. This is also true of the number of open play crosses.

The 373 passes is the most recorded since the Dallas game. But, continuing a trend that began with the Chicago game, the Union was once again out-passed by, and enjoyed lesser possession, than their opponent. Passing accuracy compared to the last game and at 70% is the third highest of the past five games.

Category

PHI

RSL

v COL

v TOR

v CHI

v DAL

Goals

1

1

1-1

6-2

2-0

0-2

Attempts
on Goal

12

8

9/13

17/18

16/12

8/13

Shots
on Target

6

1

2/3

9/4

4/3

1/5

Shots
off Target

4

3

5/10

6/8

9/7

4/6

Blocked
Shots

2

4

2/0

2/6

3/2

3/2

Corner
Kicks

8

2

3/4

3/5

2/3

5/4

Fouls

10

11

17/12

16/11

13/16

15/11

Open
Play Crosses

19

12

11/14

10/30

13/10

10/15

Offsides

1

2

1/6

1/3

4/2

3/4

Yellow
Cards

0

2

0/1

1/0

2/4

2/0

Red
Cards

0

0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

Duels
Won

36

47

41/47

32/39

37/36

38/37

Duels
Won %

43

56

46%/53%

45%/54%

50%/49%

50%49%

Total
Passes

373

424

326/407

285/429

365/485

457/281

Passing
Accuracy %

70%

76%

64%/73%

71%/77%

73%/77%

69%/62%

Possession %

47.7%

52.3%

44.5/55.5%

39.2%/60.8%

43.3%/56.7%

61.1%/38.9%

Offensive stats

Keon Daniel’s goal brings the number of Union players who have scored to ten, a league best they share with Los Angeles Galaxy, FC Dallas, and Seattle Sounders. Three Union defenders contributed four shots—Califf, Valdes and two from Williams—and each of those three registered one shot on goal.

Le Toux registered the most shots with four, followed by Mwanga and Williams, each with two. In case anyone was wondering, it was Le Toux who was charged with being offside to nullify his goal. Clearly a bad call.

The second half offensive substitutions—Mapp, McInereny and Torres—recorded no shots or shots on goal.

Player

Goals

Assists

Shots

Shots on Goal

Offsides

Danny Califf

0 (1)

0 (0)

1 (5)

1 (2)

0 (0)

Brian Carroll

0 (0)

0 (0)

0 (3)

0 (0)

0 (0)

Keon Daniel

1 (1)

0 (0)

1 (5)

1 (1)

0 (0)

Gabriel Farfan

NA (1)

NA (0)

NA (2)

NA (1)

NA (0)

Michael Farfan

0 (1)

1 (1)

1 (5)

1 (2)

0 (0)

Jordan Harvey

0 (0)

0 (1)

0 (1)

0 (0)

0 (0)

Sebastien Le Toux

0 (1)

0 (4)

4 (24)

1 (7)

1 (13)

Justin Mapp

0 (2)

0 (0)

0 (8)

0 (4)

0 (0)

Jack McInerney

0 (0)

0 (0)

0 (5)

0 (2)

0 (1)

Stefani Miglioranzi

NA (0)

NA (0)

NA (3)

NA (0)

NA (0)

Danny Mwanga

0 (4)

0 (2)

2 (14)

1 (9)

0 (3)

Kyle Nakazawa

0 (1)

0 (2)

0 (8)

0 (3)

0 (0)

Amobi Okugo

NA (0)

NA (0)

NA (9)

NA (3)

NA (0)

Carlos Ruiz

NA (3)

NA (0)

NA (18)

NA (7)

NA (10)

Roger Torres

0 (1)

0 (0)

0 (5)

0 (3)

0 (0)

Carlos Valdes

0 (0)

0 (0)

1 (6)

1 (1)

0 (0)

Sheanon Williams

0 (0)

0 (0)

2 (6)

1 (1)

0 (0)

Total

1 (16)

1 (10)

12 (127)

7 (46)

1 (27)

Home v Away

As the Union prepare to travel to Vancouver, the chart below looks at the Union’s record at home compared to on the road. At home, Vancouver averages 1.57 goals, conceding 1.43.

Category

Total

Home

Away

Wins

6

4

2

Losses

3

0

3

Draws

4

3

1

Clean Sheets

4

3

1

Avg. goals per game

1.23

1.14

1.33

Avg. goals allowed

0.85

0.57

1.17

Team stats

The Union have scored 16 goals, allowing 11, the same number of assists recorded by the team. The Union are one of three teams in the Eastern Conference with a positive goal differential, their +5, being second to New York’s +8 and above Houston’s +1. In comparison, seven Western Conference teams have a positive goal differential, led by LA’s +8.

Category

Union

League Ranking

League Leader

Conference Ranking

Conference Leader

Goals

16

7th, down from 5th
(4 teams in 5th with 18,
2 in 6th with 17,
3 teams in 7th with 16)

LA (23)

5th
(tied with KC)

NY (21)

Assists

11

Tied with COL for 11th,
down from 10th
(only CLB and NE below,
both with 9)

NY (24)

5th
(KC & CHI in 4th with 12)

NY (24)

Shots

127

18th

SEA (219)

9th

HOU (204)

Shots
on Goal

46

Tied with NE for 12th
(KC last with 45)

LA (74)

Tied with NE
for 6th

NY (69)

Fouls
Committed

184

8th

SEA (216)

5th

TOR (197)

Fouls
Suffered

159

13th

LA (220)

7th

CLB (188)

Offsides

27

Tied with Toronto
for 11th

RSL (56)

6th

NY (53)

Corner
Kicks

37

18th

NY/SEA (88)

9th

NY (88)

PK
Goals

1

10 teams have 1 PKG

CLB/DC (5)

6 teams have 1 PKG

CLB/DC (5)

PK
Attempts

1

7 teams have 1 PKA

CLB/DC (5)

5 teams have 1 PKA

CLB/DC (5)

3 Comments

  1. “Tied with COL for 11th,
    down from 10th
    (only COL and NE below,
    both with 9)”??

    • Ed Farnsworth says:

      One question mark will do, nickt;)

      Should read: “Tied with COL [Colorado] for 11th, down from 10th (only CLB [Columbus] and NE below, both with 9)

      Thanks for catching it.

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