The Philadelphia Union’s 2021 MLS season has officially kicked off as they go into Columbus Sunday evening and pick up a 0-0 result, their first points in Columbus since September 29, 2018, in which that game also ended 0-0.
The Union went with the approach. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” when selecting their lineup, as they put out the same 11 that faced Saprissa in the first two games.
Well, it's that time of year again, the start of another MLS season! The Philadelphia Union are heading into their 12th season, with last season being their most successful, as they lifted the Supporters Shield, the first trophy in club history. With Brenden Aaronson and Mark McKenzie's sales, the Union has two huge holes to fill in their roster. The club has gone out and signed Stuart Findlay, a 25-year-old left-footed centerback from Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock, and have recently acquired Leon Flach, a 20-year-old central midfielder from 2. Bundesliga side, FC St. Pauli. Does either one of these signings bring excitement to Philadelphia Union fans? What about one of the five new homegrown signings in, Nathan Harriel (19), Brandan Craig (17), Jack McGlynn (17), Quinn Sullivan (17), and Paxten Aaronson (17)? Will this current roster be enough to make a deep run in the CCL (CONCACAF Champions League), the league, and eventually the playoffs? Only time will tell, but regardless of the Union making a splash with a "flashy" signing, they have been able to make the playoffs the last three seasons and keep a majority of this roster intact.
With MLS set to play a whole 34-game schedule, compared to the 23-games they played last year, let's look at last year's numbers compared to what I predict will happen in 2021.