Philadelphia Union will be taking on the New England Revolution during the weekend knowing that they have never lost against their opposition. However, the manager John Hackworth has said that his players are not focusing on this statistic. Instead, they are looking at a New England Revolution team that is coached extremely well. As a result, they are highly organised both in attack and defence. Hackworth has said that it is going to take a lot of effort from his team in order to maintain their good start to the season. Philadelphia Union are currently second in the league table with three points from the two matches.
Even though they lost the opening match of the season to Kansas City, they have subsequently followed up with a 2-1 win over Colorado Rapids. If they maintained their history against the New England Revolution, the team could be looking at six points from their opening three matches. Hackworth can have reasons to be fearful of the opponents, who come into the match on the back of the hugely impressive 1-0 win over Chicago Fire in the opening game of the season. Due to the fact that New England have a tough start to the campaign with matches against Seattle Sounders and New York Red Bulls, they will be looking to get three points for the first time against Philadelphia Union.
“We’re trying to focus on week to week and the opponent in front of us. It’s a good stat to look at, but this is a new New England team. They’re well coached, they’re well organized. They’ve proven that they can go on the road with their victory at Chicago so I think that that just presents a new challenge for us. I know Coach Heaps has tried to establish a new culture there, a new style,” said Hackworth.