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It was a frustrating night for the Union as their first match against Nashville ended in defeat. Former Union forward CJ Sapong scored the crucial goal in the opening moments as a solid Nashville managed to neutralise all Philadelphia threats. An all-around poor performance led to some lower player ratings.
Andre Blake- 7.5 (MOTM)
Blake was the only player that came away from the game with his head held high. He was unfortunate to have conceded so early, but shots across goal can always be tough to save. Blake also made plenty of key saves to keep the score at 1-0, or it could have been a lot worse for the Union.
Olivier Mbaizo- 5.5
It was a rare off night for Mbaizo, who did not look his usual self. He looked lost on the ball at times and was dispossessed on several occasions during the first half. The right-back also seemed cautious when going forward, as he did not put in as many crosses as he usually does. He did well to get ahead of a Nashville player to knock the ball onto the post in the second half before clearing it away, which helped his rating.
Jakob Glesnes- 6
Glesnes had an average night, where he shared blame for the goal with Jack Elliott. As he was running back towards goal, he saw Sapong making the run through the middle and did not attempt to approach the striker until it was too late. Glesnes did have some nice runs forward and made a couple of nice blocks.
Jack Elliott- 6
Elliott also did not see or attend to the Sapong run until it was too late. He did well to originally hold him up but let Sapong go as they both ran towards goal, and the defender got sucked in towards the ball as the former Union striker snuck in between both defenders to fire home. Elliott got beat at a couple of set pieces but also made some nice interceptions.
Kai Wagner- 6
Wagner struggled to make an impact on the game. He did not have much to do defensively and was a non-factor in attack until the end of the game. His set-pieces did not find Union players, but he did not put a foot wrong on the defensive end.
Leon Flach - 6
Another player who had an average night for the Union and Flach was unable to shut down the Nashville counter, which led to the goal, but he did not have much else to do defensively. He retained possession well in the middle of the park.
Alejandro Bedoya- 5
A rare night in which the Philadelphia right-hand side struggled for any consistency. Bedoya had a poor game putting it lightly. He did not offer much in attack and was not careful when in possession. There were too many misplaced passes on the night, and he was very lucky to not give away a penalty. The Union skipper appeared to have handled it inside the area, but VAR did not see anything wrong with it.