The New England Revolution are taking the show on the road this week as they will be travelling to Chester, PA. for a date with the Philadelphia Union. This Saturday August, 29th at 7pm the clubs will be kicking off for the second time this season at PPL Park. The Rev’s won round one 1-2 back in April with goals from Charlie Davies and Teal Bunbury. The win was the 5th match of a nine game unbeaten streak that New England had early in the year after dropping the 1st two matches of the season. The Rev’s came from behind to get the three road points in front of a national TV audience (ESPN2) as well as the 18,000+ on hand. (Highlights) It was also the last time the Rev’s won a road game, they’ve had six road losses since then.
Both teams are entering the match on pretty good form, New England is undefeated in it’s last four games and the Union in three. In the previous match week the Rev’s didn’t have a game but the Union took three points from a win in Montreal. Sebastien Le Toux broke a scoreless draw in the 78′, putting Philly ahead with his sixth goal of the year, trailing only C.J. Sapong who has seven for the Union. Sebastien may be Philly’s hottest player at the moment but some might say it’s actually Cristian Maidana, who leads the league with 14 assists (Profile). Philadelphia are currently only one point out of a playoff position but do sit at 9th in the Eastern Conference. They are a +2 at home in goal differential but -10 overall. A trip into the playoffs would go a long way in securing head coach, Jim Curtin a job next season. The Union have failed to make the playoffs for three straight years now and have only qualified once since joining the league in 2010. Curtin took over as head coach in 2014 on an interim basis.
Meanwhile, New England were last in action back on August 15th, when they defeated Houston 2-0 (Boxscore) behind goals from both Jose Goncalves and Juan Agudelo. The Revolution are 5th in the East with a record of 9 wins, 9 losses, and 7 ties. A few things to keep on eye from the Rev’s side of things is who coach Heaps starts on the wings. Teal had a great game last time the team was at PPL Park but hasn’t featured as a starter in the last two matches. Teal also had come off the bench in that game as well. Juan Agudelo scored off the bench against Houston but hasn’t started in the last four games. We may see Heaps drop Diego Fagundez who hasn’t produced in three straight starts for Juan Agudelo. On the minds of many fans will be Jermaine Jones and how much time he sees on the field. Jones has featured in the last two games but with very limited time. Fans will want to see if Jones can go at least 70 minutes and get back to full fitness to drive the squad for the remainder of the season. After this game, New England will have only eight games left to close out the 2015 regular season.
Man in the Middle: Chris Penso -26pk’s and 20 Reds in 72 games
On YC watch: NE Goncalves, Woodberry PHL: Le Toux, Creavalle
Head to Head: Union have 7 wins to NE’s 4, and 3 ties
PHL Union Team Notes-Recently parted ways with Carlos Valdes and Rais Mbolhi; Acquired Tranquillo Barnetta. Will play in Open Cup Final 9/30
NE Revs Parted ways with Jerry Bengston; signed Home Grown Zachary Herivaux
MLS Feature: Rivalry Week – Week 26-Match #261