The Union certainly didn't present themselves with any late-season feel-good moments heading into the offseason.

In a Major League Soccer season that clearly went in reverse from a year ago, the Union ended matters with Saturday's 3-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls at PPL Park.

Thus the Union ended their 10-18-6 season with three consecutive losses and many more questions. Playoff-bound New York is 16-9-9.

The Union were 8-15-7 in their inaugural 2010 season. Last year they went 11-8-15, earned a playoff berth and lost in the two-game aggregate series to Houston by a 3-1 score.

This season the Union scored just 37 goals in 34 games and were shut out 11 times. So it's no surprise what the priority is in the offseason.

"We have a couple of key acquisitions to try to make in the offseason and an attacking player with size would significantly help our all-around game," team manager John Hackworth said.

Forward-midfielder Freddy Adu did not dress for the finale (coach's decision). Adu was the highest-paid Union player, earning $519,000 according to MLS Players Association figures. He has two years to go on his contract.

Hackworth denied a Philly.com story that said Adu would not be a starter if he is not traded.

"We have not made a decision on that," Hackworth said.

The Union trailed 2-0 at intermission in what might have been one of their worst halves of the season, with the Red Bulls controlling play throughout.

In the 12th minute, New York was awarded a penalty kick when Union defender Carlos Valdes was called for taking down Tim Cahill inside the box. Kenny Cooper converted the penalty kick for his 17th goal of the season.

Thierry Henry scored in the 35th minute by walking in on goal, cutting the ball by Valdes to buy himself some final space and then slipping it by keeper Zac MacMath.

The 21-year-old MacMath appeared in 32 games and was among the many young players who saw considerable action.

"Experience is everything for young guys, especially me and we can all learn from the experience," MacMath said.

There was a lot to learn from this year.

"It's been a tough season but at times we played very well and it shows the potential we have," said forward Jack McInerney, who had a team-high eight goals. "Going into next season we will have a fresh start and it will be good to put all this behind us."

The Union showed much more fight in the second half, but New York ended the scoring with Cooper earning his second goal.

It was that sort of game and season for the Union.

Contact Marc Narducci at 856-779-3225, mnarducci@phillynews.com or @sjnard on Twitter.