End of Regular Season Update
So, after some well documented injuries to key players, just how did we fare overall?
Lamar Hunt US Open Cup
I completely forgot to include this in the earlier update! Our defensive record left us as a real force to be reckoned with in a knockout format, this was proven with 4 clean sheets out of 5 games. A favourable semi-final draw helped with us playing NASL side Harrisburg, however our job was made much harder in the final. Several international call-ups left us without a goalkeeper (!) so we relied on a "greyed-out" player to do the business. Luckily it didn't really matter as we turned in our best performance of the season, Philadelphia had made the previous 2 finals before I joined and lost them both. So it was especially sweet to win this and add that first trophy to the cabinet at the Union.
US Open Cup Fixtures/Final
MLS Supporters Shield
Just after posting the midseason update we hit a bit of a bad run, going without a win in what seemed like forever (turned out to be 4 games, tells you how much expectations changed over the course of the season!). However once this blip was passed we were unstoppable, and 2 HUGE wins against NYRB in the last 3 games of the season allowed us to pip them to the Supporters Shield. Was not expecting anything from this season and had maybe making the playoffs in a wildcard spot the best option, so this is an excellent position to build on!
Supporters Shield Table & Fixtures
So that's it, I plan to go more in depth with the playoff games so will be writing a post per round. Cvitanich will be a big miss but we will take it as it comes. On to the Playoffs!