Philadelphia Union are for real, and David Villa’s worst ever penalty

The leaders in the East are there on merit; Houston’s coaching decision is crucial; individual errors a problem for Galaxy; and David Villa’s embarrassing spot kick

This is more than just an impressive start to the season. This is more than just a streaky streak. As the campaign rolls into the summer months, when teams’ title challenges are either validated or discredited, the Philadelphia Union now find themselves top of the Eastern Conference following Saturday’s 1-1 draw on the road in Commerce City. Champions are made of more than just a point against the Colorado Rapids, but make no mistake Jim Curtin’s team are for real.

Of course, after such a comprehensive reconstruction over the off-season Philadelphia were always likely to be better this year than last. The signing of Chris Pontius has proved a particularly shrewd one, with CJ Sapong filling in as a somewhat improvised, yet effective, frontman, justifying the decision to let the likes of Andrew Wenger and Cristian Maidana leave the club. Now they are a more balanced, tougher team to beat than they were at any point during 2015 (the Union have now gone seven games without losing after Saturday’s draw).

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