In the stretch run of the MLS regular season as the summer months gave way to fall, Saturday's seven-match slate did not disappoint. Here's what we learned:
As if the Union haven't proved their bonafides, they took four points from back-to-back home matches against Atlanta United then LAFC. Saturday's draw was entertaining, intense and transitional. It was fun.
Jim Curtin opted for a 4-2-3-1 again in a huge game, suggesting that'll be the go-to formation moving towards the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs. The uber-athletic combination of Jamiro Monteiro, Alejandro Bedoya and Brenden Aaronson frees Haris Medunjanin to be the best version of himself, quarterbacking possession from deep. That group lines up well with any in the league, including LAFC's all-action midfield trio.
Philly dealt with LAFC's suffocating press expertly, too. They were balanced in how they attacked it. Often playing out of the back, they weren't overly predictable, changing it up by playing direct to Kacper Przybylko or straight up kicking it into oblivion a handful of times. LAFC didn't create opportunities with their press, which has been rare for them in 2019.