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Union fans fed up after loss to Charlotte FC

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Chester, Pa. — The Philadelphia Union fans have had enough. They are not happy with the team’s lackluster performances.

Charlotte FC defeated the Union 2-0 on Saturday night at Subaru Park. Both teams put on a gutsy performance playing in excessive heat.

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Soccer (Photo by Unsplash)

During the game, the Sons of Ben and other supporters chanted “Sell the team.” Owner Jay Sugarman is unlikely to do that.

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The Union have had a loss or a draw in their last eight home games.

A fan was even seen in the stands with a brown bag on his head. Usually, this has happened at NFL stadiums when their team is horrible on the field. We have a photo of this later in the story.

The Union have just four wins this season. Yet, only one of their wins has come at home in front of their loyal fans.

Their lone win came on March 30th against Minnesota United FC. That’s when they won 2-0.

Daniel Gazdag scored in that game. He is not with the Union team currently as he is with his International team, Hungry, playing in the Euro2024 tournament.

Julian Carranza also scored in the win over Minnesota United. However, Carranza is close to being sold off.

His Union tenure is essentially over. Carranza wanted the move, according to noted Soccer Insider Fabrizio Romano. He was out of contract with the Union this winter.

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Like most Major League Soccer teams, a lot of the players — over 100 to be exact — are either playing in Copa America or the Euro2024 tournament.

The Union is 4-8-7 with 20 points. That’s currently good enough for 11th place in the Eastern Conference.

Realistically, barring a significant push once the Union gets all their players back, the team will battle for the last playoff spot. Likely, the team will not even make the playoffs as the faithful want an honest answer.

Head coach Jim Curtin took the blame, as he has done following each loss during this streak. But he can only make so many excuses before the fans stop showing up to support the team.

In the City of Brotherly Love, these fans do not like a loser. And they will let you hear it when they are not happy with your performance.

The team has struggled after Andre Blake went down in April. He was not happy with the team before signing a new contract.

Fan with a trash bag
Fan with a trash bag (Photo by David Stewart/The Capital Sports Report)

Blake had surgery on a meniscus issue and will not return until at least July.

With Blake sidelined — one of the best goalkeepers in the league — the Union has struggled with inexperienced keepers Olivier Semmle and Andrew Rick. The 26-year-old Semmle had gotten the majority of the starts.

However, on Saturday, the 18-year-old Rick received his first MLS start. Rick is primarily the Union II starting keeper, who signed with the Union to a contract earlier this year.

Charlotte FC improved to 9-5-6. They are currently fourth in the Eastern Conference with 32 points.

The same person tallied both goals for Charlotte FC. Patrick Agyemang first tallied a goal in the 56th minute.

A short time later, he answered with his second goal in the 63rd minute.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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