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Officially Official: Union lose their way into playoffs

The Union will enter the playoffs on a historic winless streak.



On Sunday evening, the Philadelphia Union officially became a playoff team for the first time since 2011. Despite the feat, boos filled the rapidly emptying stadium after the final whistle. Though the Union finally clinched a spot in the playoffs, they did so with a 2-0 loss to their I-95 rivals, the New York Red Bulls. Bradley Wright-Phillips and Alex Muyl got the goals for the Red Bulls, with the former scoring his 24th goal to secure the Golden Boot.

Perhaps it was a fitting end to a regular season that saw the Union begin an unrelenting nosedive in mid-July. That drop down the standings has intensified over the past two months, as the Union went without a win in their final seven games, securing only two points during that time. Since MLS did away with shootouts after the 1999 season, no team has entered the playoffs on the back of such a dreadful stretch, and only one team (Real Salt Lake in 2005) has ever ended their season so poorly.

The Union, who occupy the sixth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, will take on third-place Toronto FC in their knockout round match. As the higher seed, Toronto will host the game, which is set to take place at 7:30 on Wednesday night.


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