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Philly Union Notes: Califf calls for focus, reserve team posts victory and more

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After seeing his team go into halftime down by three goals against New England, and then come back to tie the game in thrilling fashion, Union defender Danny Califf called for the Union to display the same sense of urgency in their upcoming match with the Portland Timbers.

"It was a bit of a moral victory for us tonight.It was a gut-check, and we came through," Califf said. "Against Portland, we need to come out with the mentality that we're down, and our backs are against the wall, because we seem to really respond when that's the situation."

"We can't continue to play from behind, and wait til we get scored on to light a fire."

Califf served as Union captain on Wednesday, in the absence of injured goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon.

Reserves top Revs

The Union's reserve team recorded a 2-0 win over the New England Revolution reserves on Thursday morning. Young strikers Danny Mwanga and Jack McInerney scored, while recently reacquired goalkeeper Thorne Holder recorded a shutout.

Daniel scores in T&T win in CONCACAF qualifying

Trinidad and tobago defeated Barbados 2-0 in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying, with Union winger Keon Daniel scoring the first goal, the ninth of his international career. Daniel started the game after impressing against Bermuda as a substitute.

Mondragon set to miss four weeks

The Union announced on Tuesday that starting goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon underwent successful surgery for a broken finger on his right hand. Zac Macmath, who made his debut in the Union's 4-4 draw with New England, is set to start for the four weeks that Mondragon will miss.



  1. The Union are just not playing with the same intensity and fluidity that they demonstrated during the first few weeks of the season. Instead of aggressively playing win, they look like they are just playing not to loose. Also, I think they miss Jordan Harvey, who was often able to come way down the left side and make accurate crosses.


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