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Rate the U: Ohio is no longer a Kryptonite

Union win 2-1 in Cincinnati

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Since last year it seemed that the entire state of Ohio was the Union’s kryptonite. However, that changed late Saturday night after the boys in blue won in Cincinnati 2-1. This was also the U’s first win away from Chester since May. The win was not even with most of their regular starters, as they were without six of them because of suspensions or international callups.

Let’s start with the lineup and head coach Jim Curtin. Curtin employed a different tactic for once, lining his guys up in a 3-5-2. One of the key reasons is most likely the amount of midfield players the Union have. Something must have changed his mind at half, as they came out of the locker room in the traditional 4-2-2. Which also allowed the Union to go up by 2 goals.

Speaking of goals lets talking about one of the U’s homegrown players, Paxten Aaronson. Aaronson was involved in both goals, helping setup the first one. It was the cross from him into Kacper Przybylko that setup Przybylko for the rocketed shot. Then in the second half of the game it was Aaronson who nodded down the header to put the Union up 2 to nil.

It took Cincy until the 82nd minute to get on the board with a chip shot over Matt Freese. Freese was in net since all-star Andre Blake was away on international duty. He had a great night trying to keep a clean sheet going.

What did you think of the performances? Rate the players and head coach Jim Curtin and provide feedback on the match in our Community Player Ratings Poll.

Sean Sullivan is an Associate Editor for Philadelphia Soccer Now/Brotherly Game, where he has spent the past few years covering game day events for the Philadelphia Union. In his day job, he oversees creative and studio production for a corporate event streaming company based in the Philadelphia region.

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