Despite a 1-0 setback to Nashville SC in their most recent game, the Philadelphia Union remain one of the hottest teams in Major League Soccer.
The loss snapped an eight-game unbeaten streak for the Union.
Philadelphia will look to rebound when it travels to face the archrival New York Red Bulls on Thursday night in Harrison, N.J.
The Union (5-3-4, 19 points) have won the last four meetings in this series, including an exciting 4-3 victory in the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs.
Philadelphia sits in third place in the Eastern Conference.
“They disrupted all of our attacks,” Union head coach Jim Curtin said of what transpired in the loss to Nashville. “We couldn’t find the final pass. When you loft balls into the box, they obviously have three centerbacks including Walker Zimmerman, who’s probably one of the best in our league at attacking balls in the air.”
Since the beginning of last season, the Union have been terrific in responding after a difficult loss.
Curtin expects that trend to continue.
“We’ll regroup and put out a good performance against Red Bull,” Curtin said. “I’m confident of that.”
The Red Bulls (5-5-1, 16 points) have been especially strong at home, having won four straight at Red Bull Arena. They have also scored at least one goal in 10 consecutive home games.
New York most recently earned a 2-1 win on the road against Orlando City SC last Saturday, thanks to goals from Cristian Casseres Jr. and Fabio.
“I’m so excited with this win with the way we played in our principles,” Red Bulls head coach Gerhard Struber said. “We showed a big togetherness against a massive opponent.”
When the Red Bulls are successful, they control the midfield and don’t allow much space for the opponent. That’s exactly what happened for much of the game against Orlando City.
Now they’ll head home to face another tough opponent in the Union.
“We have to keep this confidence the same way and make sure we don’t lose our identity,” Red Bulls midfielder Dru Yearwood said. “When we’re playing at home, we make the place ours and now we showed we can do that on the road as well.”
–Field Level Media
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