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Rate the U: Right-Sided Success Sparks Comeback



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There were plenty of storylines in the Philadelphia Union’s regular season opener at a chilly Subaru Park on Saturday night.

Oliver Semmle stepping in for Andre Blake to make his MLS debut, Mikael Uhre finding the back of the net, Daniel Gazdag scoring from open play, the Union trailing for the second straight game and the right-sided success of Quinn Sullivan and Nathan Harriel in the Fire’s final third to name a few.

Uhre and Daniel Gazdag had the two equalizers, Semmle made a big save on a Tom Barlow breakaway to preserve the draw and Jose Martinez was able to bounce back from a lackluster performance in Costa Rica.

One surprise from Union head coach Jim Curtin was using just one sub – Alejandro Bedoya – on the night with Saprissa coming to town Tuesday and a match that went over 100 minutes with stoppage time.

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Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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