Philadelphia Union face off with Revolution to close out July

CHESTER, PA - MARCH 20: Diego Fagundez
CHESTER, PA - MARCH 20: Diego Fagundez /

The Philadelphia Union look to make it back-to-back league victories as they travel to New England.

The ins and outs 

New England Revolution (6-5-9) vs. Philadelphia Union (7-5-9)

When: Saturday 7:30 p.m. ET – Gillette (Foxborough, MA)

Where to Watch: The Comcast Network (TCN)

Streaming: MLS Live

PRO Referees: Nima Saghafi, Corey Parker (AR1), Jose Da Silva (AR2), Sorin Stoica (AR4).

Coaches: Jay Heaps (New England Revolution) – Jim Curtin (Philadelphia Union)

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Following their 1-0 road defeat in Columbus on July 22nd, the Philadelphia Union bounced back in the best way possible midweek. A 3-0 thrashing of the Crew at Talen Energy Stadium has given the Union some much-needed momentum as they prepare to close out the month of July.

Helped with a pair of red cards to two Crew defenders, the Union used goals from Ilsinho, C.J. Sapong, and Marcus Epps to breeze past their Eastern Conference rivals. On Saturday, the Union face the Revolution for the second time this month and will hope for similar results to their previous encounter.

The Union dismantled the Revs 3-0 back on July 2nd in Chester, and will hope to do the same against a Revolution side who are 1-0-2 this month. Jay Heaps’ side are coming off a 4-3 home victory against the LA Galaxy last Saturday, as a second-half brace from Teal Bunbury snatched the win at Gillette.

New England has posted a 6-2-2 record at home this season, while the Union are 1-3-6 on the road so far. Midfielder Lee Nguyen leads the team with eight goals, while striker Juan Agudelo has seven. With three points separating these teams in the table, both sides will put it all on the line as they continue a playoff push.

Possible Lineups/Injury Report:
John McCarthy will continue his role as the Union’s starting keeper, after Andre Blake suffered a hand injury in Jamaica’s 2-1 Gold Cup final loss to the United States on Wednesday. Maurice Edu and Fabian Herbers remain the lengthy absentees from the Union squad, while Derrick Jones (concussion) and Fafa Picault (left hamstring strain) are questionable.

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Keys to the Game:

  • Creativity a must against Revs
    For the Philadelphia Union to return home Saturday night with three points, the goal is simple; be creative. Against Columbus, the Union were able to use the pace and creativity of Alberg, Epps, and Ilsinho to create chances. Yes the two red cards definitely helped their cause, but the Union were clinical in front of goal and could’ve easily won by a much-wider scoreline. Epps speed down the flank will be important, while Chris Pontius should return to the starting XI. The Union should be aggressive offensively and look for three points from the get go.
  • Player to Watch – Marcus Epps
    The 22-year-old is coming off an above-average performance against the Crew midweek, where he netted his first MLS goal. Epps brings raw pace to the Union line-up and deserves to keep his spot on the wing, at least until Picault is back to full fitness. If Epps can put in another solid performance however then he may keep a starting spot going forward.