Jim Curtin Takes Responsibility for Philadelphia’s Poor Start

Pressure is mounting on Philadelphia Union after the club extended their winless run to 5 matches.

Philadelphia Union are one of the three clubs in the 2017 MLS campaign to yet to succeed in a single game. They have managed to secure just two draws in the opening five matches. They have also averaged just a goal per game while allowing nine goals in the five matches. Goalkeeper Andre Blake says that the entire Philadelphia Union outfit is frustrated with this disappointing start to the campaign, but they are confident that the results will improve going forward.

The club suffered a 3-1 loss against Portland Timbers last weekend. They have a chance to redeem the faith of supporters when they take on New York City FC this weekend. Since New York City struggle to make an impact in the away games, it is a perfect timing for Philadelphia Union to aim for a first win of the season.

In many ways, New York City can be compared to Philadelphia Union since both teams have been playing decent football without actually getting the results. During the weekend, Philadelphia managed to take the lead against Portland Timbers after scoring through Rafael Marquez. Yet, Portland, who have been excellent in the five matches, managed to secure a first win in three.

“It’s very tough. It’s frustrating. I believe there is still some good that can come from this. If all the guys believe the way I do, we will be fine. I think last year at this time we were probably first or second place. I believe we can turn this thing around,” said goalkeeper Blake. “You can put it on me, that’s fine. I take the blame. People are going to have their opinions and they’re entitled to them,” said manager Jim Curtin.

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