Seattle Sounders Outclass Young Philadelphia Union, Win 2-0

The Seattle Sounders proved to the expansion Philadelphia Union that Philly still has a long way to go before they can match Seattle’s success.

The Sounders completely outplayed and outclassed the inexperienced Philadelphia side en route to a 2-0 victory.

Philadelphia displayed their youth and seemed to be disjointed as a team. The starting lineup featured two rookies— five players making their MLS debut— and the starters’ total average age was 24-years-old. Two more rookies came on as late second-half substitutes.

This youth movement was quite a bold move by Union Head Coach Peter Nowak, putting these young players in the pressure-filled environment of a packed house of over 32,000 at Seattle’s Qwest Field.

The nerves showed as Philadelphia struggled in the first half with possessing the ball and came in with some bad challenges defensively that resulted five yellow cards total, four in the first half. Two o...

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