Philadelphia Union 1- 2 Columbus Crew
Last night's loss to the Columbus Crew means more than the interim manager's honeymoon is over.
On June 13, 2012 John Hackworth was named interim manager of the Philadelphia Union, taking over from the team's first ever manager Piotr Nowak. The Union initially played better for Hackworth but the last few matches not so much. Last night's loss completes the teams return to its previous bad form.
The Union lost at home to the Columbus Crew, a side that had won it's last two games. Both were at home to Toronto FC and NE Revolution, both teams at the bottom of the Eastern conference. Also the Crew were playing Matt Lampson in goal who made his MLS debut.
After going 4-2-0 in July and 0-2-1 (W-L-D) so far in August, the Philadlphia Union were looking to get back to winning. Things were looking good for the Union. With the score tied at 1-1 in the 68th minute Josh Williams was red carded for the Crew. The Union were playing well and it seemed likely they could manage a goal with the Crew down a player for the remaining 20 minutes or so. It wouldn't turn out that way. Instead in stoppage time Eddie Gaven knocked in the winning goal for Columbus.
The loss pretty much ends the Union's hope to make the play-offs. They are 16 points off the pace with just 10 games left in the season. It may also be the end to any hope that John Hackworth had of removing the 'interim' label from his job description.