Coming off their, felt like a loss, 2-2 draw at D.C. United last Saturday, the Philadelphia Union (8-8-7, 31 Pts, 5th Place Eastern Conference), go up the road this week to the New England Revolution (6-9-8, 26 points, 6th Place). The Rev’s suffered their 2nd straight loss, last time out, 4-1 at Toronto FC .
The last time these two teams met was the Open Cup Quarterfinals, 3 weeks ago. The Union’s trophy hopes were dashed earlier than usual, in a 4-2 penalty kick loss after they had dramatically tied things up in the 90′. In their only MLS meeting earlier this season, the Union fared much better shutting out the Revs, 3-0 at home on March 20th.
All time in MLS play the Union lead with an 8-5-4 mark.
I normally concentrate on the other team but the U made quite a few moves recently adding Alejandro Bedoya (story) and Charlie Davies (story), as well as this week signing Media, Pa. native Auston Trusty (story) as a HomeGrown player. Bedoya certainly could start this week, and Davies should see some time. Trusty’s time will come.
This should be a good night for the U to break the four game winless streak as their third best MLS mark of 38 goals, matches up well with Rev’s league tying high of 40 goals allowed along with the worst goal differential at -11.
On offense no single Revolution player has scored more than five goals, and five different players have recorded a game-winning goal. Their top offensive stars are MF Lee Nguyen (22 GP, 22 GS, 5g, 7a) their leading-scorer. He is especially good at home, as four of his five scores have come in Gillette Stadium. Their next best scorer is FW Kei Kamara (12 GP, 12 GS, 4g, 0a) who has played well for them after coming over from Columbus Crew SC, scoring four times in 12 games. He can score at any time.
The Revolution’s Gershon Koffie is out with a yellow card accumulation and suspended on their next yellow are the Rev’s London Woodberry and the U’s Raymon Gaddis.
Union Starting XI:
Blake; Fabinho, Marquez, Yaro, Rosenberry; Tribbett, Bedoya; Pontius, Barnetta, Ilsinho; Sapong
Fearless Forecast: As noted above on paper this should be a good night for the Union to score and Andre Blake will especially looking to bounce back after some less than stellar goals let in last game so I will go with a much needed 2-0 victory for the U.