Philadelphia Union manager Jim Curtin was delighted with his sides resolute defensive display on Sunday night.
Kacper Przybylko's goal in first-half stoppage time proved to be the winning goal, and it left the Union with plenty of defending to do in the second period. DC knocked on the door throughout the entirety of the second half, but the Union defence stood strong, and Curtin was happy with the performance from his brave warriors at the back.
Sunday's win also stretched Philadelphia's unbeaten record on the road to five straight games. What is even more impressive is that the Union have kept five successive clean sheets during that stretch of fixtures. Curtin was full of praise for the guys at the back for making such a run possible. He went on to say that keeping clean sheets are just important as goals.
New Union signing Daniel Gazdag made his debut on Sunday night as he came on for the final 20 minutes of the game. The Hungarian international came on in a game that limited the opportunities to showcase his talents. Despite that, Curtin was still delighted with what he saw.
"We saw in day one of training the quality that he has around the goal and in possession. It wasn't an ideal situation because the game was ugly and at 100 miles per hour. There were lots of turnovers from both teams, but I thought he did his job. He did the hard work for us defensively and saw some glimpses of what he can bring to the group."
Gazdag has already played an entire season in Hungary for Budapest Honved, and his footballing schedule is not ending there. He is expected to play at Euro 2020 for Hungary, which kicks off in under three weeks. Although he has a major international tournament on the horizon, Gazdag was insistent on getting some minutes in for his new team, something that impressed his new Head Coach.
"It shows his commitment to the team, the badge, the fans, and his teammates in the locker room... When I said about playing for 15 to 20 minutes, he said: 'of course, I'm here to play and help', so it's a great mentality and the sort of mentality that a coach wants to hear."