The boys in blue can help cement a playoff spot this Saturday against New England in Chester.
The Union (10-3-11, 33 points, 5th in the East) will face the New England Revolution (7-8-9, 29 points, 7th in the East) in a match at Talen Energy Stadium this Saturday that will reveal much about the Eastern playoff picture. The two sides met just two weeks ago in Foxborough, a game which saw the Union take all three points in a 3-2 win that both bolstered the U’s playoff standing while severely damaging New England’s.
Here’s a look at the Eastern conference standings:
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The top six go to the playoffs. Atlanta, the two New York teams, and Columbus are more or less in, in some order. That leaves two slots for some combination of the Union, Montreal, New England, and DC (with Toronto’s playoff hopes being remote but not completely dead yet). A Union win would put seven points between them and New England while forcing Montreal and DC to keep winning in order to keep pace. A loss on the other hand would put New England one point back and allow the other teams to gain ground. Open Cup notwithstanding, this is the biggest match of the year for the Union so far.
The Union will need production from Borek Dockal and Cory Burke if they hope to keep moving in the right direction. Dockal is tied for third in the league with twelve assists, while Burke leads the Union with six goals scored in just 697 minutes. Andre Blake will also be important, and is third in the league in saves with 91. The young back line will have to once again contend with Teal Bunbury, who has eleven goals for the Revs, while Diego Fagundez has seven.
It’s hard to pick against the U right now, in good form and playing at home in a game they more or less have to have in order to make the rest of the season less stressful. They take care of business in Chester.
Union 2, Revs 1