Revolution Discuss Why Union Are A Tough Opponent
The New England Revolution take on the Philadelphia Union on Saturday.
Philadelphia poses as a tough opponent to the Rev’s who are looking to win their second straight MLS match after defeating the LA Galaxy this past weekend.
New England is aware of the challenges they face this weekend with Coach Jay Heaps knowing a full effort is needed to pull out a victory.
“I think they’re a good team. Anytime you play a team — I think we’ve got to give them our best. I think that unfortunately, they’ve made it difficult for us and we have not been able to get anything going, any momentum against them. So for me, it’s really important that we can put the game, at some point, on our terms. The last two times we played them, we were never on our terms ever in that game. It’s critical that we do that from the opening whistle.”
Coach Heaps isn’t the only one aware of the difficulty of facing Philly. Revolution defensemen Chris Tierney is well versed in the challenges the Union present.
“They bring a lot of fight.” said Tierney” They’ve got some guys up top that are really tough to deal with in [C.J.] Sapong, and [Chris] Pontius will be coming back. They have [Fafa] Picault who has a lot of pace on the other side and then they have got quality guys in the middle of the field. We have to put the game on our terms and not let those guys get a run on us. We’ve got to put them under pressure, play the ball in their end, and make their defenders defend.”
One thing that New England is counting on to help them is players returning from international duty and from injury. Players like Juan Agudelo, Kelyn Rowe, and Je-Vaughn Watson all missed time due to international call-ups. While others like Xavier Kouassi and Daigo Kobayashi missed time with injuries.
Against the Union, the New England Revolution expect to have a full squad. According to Tierney, this is a big help for the Rev’s.
“In that tough stretch we had there, we were missing arguably two of our most influential players [in Juan Agudelo and Kelyn Rowe], three with Je-Vaughn [Watson], and then we had guys that were injured, [Xavier] Kouassi and Daigo [Kobayashi]. Having your full selection of players is something that every team wants. We have said that we were really happy to see those guys to get calls, but we’re also really happy to see them come back.”