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Posted by on Oct 6, 2012 in MLS, New England Revolution, Philadelphia Union, Recent | 0 comments

Match Preview: Union vs Revolution

New England Revolution

 

PPL Park, Chester,PA

10/6/12 – 7:00 P.M.

CSN

Versus:

 

3 Wins – 3 Ties- 0 Losses

  • This will be the 7th meeting between the two teams.
  • The Union will host the New England Revolution for the second time this year. The Union won the last match at PPL on a Jack McInerney’s 90th minute header to give them a 2-1 lead.
  • The Union have never lost to the Revolution.
  • Last meeting, on September 1st, The Union killed the Revolution on time of possession 65% to 35% and just about every other category, yet the Union couldn’t find the back of the net.

Injury Report

 

Revolution:

  • OUT: DF Flo Lechner (R knee MCL sprain); MF Lee Nguyen (R shoulder surgery); DF Tyler Polak (R foot sprain); FW Saer Sene (L knee ACL surgery); DF Chris Tierney (L knee sprain / L hamstring strain); DF Stephen McCarthy (concussive-like symptoms)
  • QUESTIONABLE: MF Clyde Simms (R calf strain)
  • PROBABLE: MF Sainey Nyassi (concussion)

Union:

  • OUT: DF Bakary Soumare (R knee menisectomy recovery); FW Krystian Witkowski (concussion symptoms); MF Danny Cruz (L big toe sesamoid stress fracture/R Achilles strain); 
  • QUESTIONABLE: MF Freddy Adu (L quad strain)
  • PROBABLE: DF Gabriel Farfan (R ankle contusion/R hamstring strain)

Facts:

 

  • The Union are coming off a huge 3-1 win over a tough Chicago Fire.
  • After struggling all year to score goals, The Union have scored 8 goals in their last 3 games. All against playoff caliber teams.
  • The Union have won 2 out of their last 3 games. Beating Houston(3-1) losing to Columbus (3-2) on a controversial non offside call, and beating the Chicago Fire (3-1).
  • The Union will be without the services of Sheanon Williams and Danny Cruz. Sheanon will miss the game due to yellow card accumulation and Danny suffered an injury during the Chicago Fire match.
  • The New England Revolution are coming off a 2-1 loss in the hands of the Houston Dynamo.
  • The Revolution are winless in their last 3 games. 2 losses and 1 tie since they beat the Columbus Crew 2-0 on September 5th.
  • The Revolution have scored 2 goals in their last 5 games. The Revolution have not one an away game since they beat the LA Galaxy on March 31st.

Danger Men:

  • Who’s left? With Lee Nguyen and Saer Sene out with injuries, nobody in that team scares me.

Match Ups to Watch:

  • New England’s forwards vs The Union’s Defense: The Revolution’s roster looks like a Mash unit. more than 50% of the teams goals are either injured or traded away. 

Villains:

 

  • My go to villain in New England will always be  Benny Feilhaber. I dislike him and his antics. 

Referees

  • Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
  • AR1 (bench): Greg Barkey
  • AR2 (opposite): C.J. Morgante
  • 4th: Daniel Fitzgerald

Prediction: Win: 3-0

  • The Union look to continue not only their unbeaten streak over the Revolution, but the newfound success of the offense. I’m really hoping that we continue to do whatever it is we’re doing different over the last 3 games.
  • It wouldn’t be me if I didn’t point out that the resurgence of the offense has been accomplished without the help of Freddy Adu. The diminutive player has proven to be overrated and clearly a distraction on the field. Really looking forward to seeing him in a different uniform next year.
  • This should be an easy win at home against a team that can’t win when they travel away from Massachusetts. I say we win 3-0.