The Union look to right the ship against a talented NYCFC side this Friday in Chester.
As the Union look at the standings for the MLS Eastern Conference, they can only have one thought:
There’s nowhere to go but up.
Stuck in last place, the Union need to get something going before they get buried completely. And if it feels like you’ve seen this movie before, you have.
2015, first five matches: Draw, draw, loss, loss, loss. Finished in ninth of ten teams with 37 points and a -13 goal differential.
2017, first five matches: Draw, draw, loss, loss, loss.
The sixth match in 2015? A 2-1 win against NYCFC in Chester. The sixth match this year? NYCFC in Chester.
Last year, the Union won 2-0 in Chester on April 23rd thanks to C.J. Sapong and Chris Pontius goals, and lost in NYC 3-2 on June 18th.
An eye on NYCFC:
The Blues sit in the last playoff spot on 7 points with a +3 goal differential. NYCFC is led by striker David Villa, who already has three goals and three assists this year.
Key players for the Union:
Anyone who can step up and stop the bleeding.
Possible Union Starting XI:
I’d expect to see something offensive-minded. Manager Jim Curtin knows they need three points in the worst way, or Jim Curtin may not be Manager Jim Curtin much longer.
They say history repeats itself, but I don’t see it happening here. NYCFC 2, Union 1