It’s been a streaky season for the Philadelphia Union so far during their 2017 campaign. After going winless in their first eight games, they seemed to have righted the ship with a four-game win streak. But the rollercoaster ride has continued with the team dropping the last three MLS matches.
Today, they hope to again change the tide and take all three points at home versus D.C. United. They took care of business last month in a rout at RFK Stadium thanks to three second-half goals, including a wonderful one-timer from Fabian Herbers.
Jim Curtin has high expectations for the team still. He said in his press conference that he wants a minimum of four points out of these next two games. So it will be crucial for the Union to get result at home during Rivalry Week.
The defense will need to provide a full 90-minute performance to hopefully blank D.C. United, who have had trouble finding the back of the net so far this season. It will be key for them to not let up any late-minute goals, which has been an Achilles heel for the team. It should be a hard-fought game with both teams looking to climb back up the standings. And hopefully the Union can take advantage of a tired team that just played Wednesday night against Atlanta United.
I would expect there not to be any changes to the 4-2-3-1 lineup last week versus the New York Red Bulls, besides Warren Creavalle in for Derrick Jones who is serving a suspension from the red card he acquired. Look for both Haris Medunjanin and the ex-D.C. United man, Chris Pontius to be instrumental if the Union come away with a win in front of their home fans at Talen Energy Stadium.
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