Oct 11, 2014; Chester, PA, USA; Fans celebrate a goal by Philadelphia Union forward Andrew Wenger (9) during the second half of the match against the Columbus Crew at PPL Park. The Columbus Crew won the match 3-2. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports
It looked like the Philadelphia Union were on their way to beating the Columbus Crew being ahead 2-0 in the 75′. However, the Crew scored three goals in a five-minute span and lead by one goal ten minutes later. With the loss, Philadelphia was officially eliminated from playoff contention. There are two games left to play, but the offseason is on the horizon and it will be a long time for fifth-year franchise.
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The Philadelphia front office has many decisions to make and issues to address after missing the playoffs for the fourth time in the past five years. Once again the season ends in disappointment despite the season showing promise at times. However, fans once again are asking “Why didn’t the Union make the playoffs?” There are many answers to that question and they all factor into why Philadelphia failed to extend their season past the regular season.
Take a look below and scroll through the article at four pressing decisions the front office must answer in order to take a step in the right direction next year. If they fail to make some of these moves, 2015 could be another wasted, unsuccessful season. Obviously, this is something that should be avoided. In addition to making the right moves, the play needs to match the skill brought in. At times this happened in 2014, but for the most part, failed to happen. As a result, the Union’s off-season begins in two weeks leaving everyone within the Union organization and in the stands disappointed.