Match Preview: Union vs New England Revolution, Saturday May 4th at 7:30

The smoking-hot Union return to Talen Energy Stadium to face the slumping Revs on Saturday night.

The first place Union (5-2-3, 17 pts) will meet the last place New England Revolution (2-2-6, 8 pts) in the first of two tilts this season between the sides. The Union have lost one match in their last eight and have gone 5-2-1 in that stretch. The Revs on the other hand have gone 1-1-3 over their last five matches.

What the Union have going for them:

  1. No one in the East has allowed more goals (19) than the Revs.
  2. No one in the East has a worse goal differential (-9) than the Revs.
  3. They will get a rested Kai Wagner back in the lineup.
  4. Right now, they are rolling.

What the Union have going against them:

  1. This is their third match in eight days. That means heavy legs and squad rotation, so some familiar faces may not be available for the full 90.
  2. Injuries. Second-strong goalkeeper Matt Freese went down due to injury in the first half last match, leaving third stringer Carlos Miguel Coronel minding the net. The Union have signed MLS pool keeper Charlie Lyon, but they can’t afford to lose another keeper.
  3. Injuries part 2: Mark McKenzie is out with appendectomy recovery. Marco Fabian and Anthony Fontana are questionable with ankle sprains.
  4. No Cory Burke for three months thanks to a visa problem. He’ll count against their cap but not count for an international roster spot.

The prediction:

A lot of the same things we said about the Cincinnati match hold true about this match. This is another match the Union should win, and I think they do.

Union 2 – Revs 1

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