UNION CONFIDENT DESPITE CHALLENGE IN LA
On paper, the task appears daunting.
Going to Southern California and coming back with a victory against the L.A. Galaxy -- Major League Soccer’s most dangerous club right now – would be a gargantuan accomplishment.
But it’s one that can be accomplished.
And Philadelphia Union (1-3-0) is prepared for the stiff challenge Saturday at 10:30 p.m. ET. The club is searching for its road victory this season.
“I don’t think playing on the road has had a factor in how we’ve done,” said forward Alejandro Moreno. “It’s not easy to play on the road. We’ve been the better team in most games we’ve played. It hasn’t been a matter of performing. It’s been a matter of limiting our mistakes that we’ve had. We know we can do better.”
Philadelphia Union will also be short-handed without top goal scorer Sebastien Le Toux, who injured his left knee in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup loss to New York Tuesday night at Red Bull Arena.
In addition, the Galaxy feature the league’s leading scorer in Edson Buddle (seven goals), perhaps the league's top playmaker in Landon Donovan, and stellar goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, who has surrendered just one goal this season to go along with four shutouts.
Despite the circumstances, Philadelphia Union remain confident.
“The Galaxy are the best team in the league right now,” Philadelphia Union Coach John Hackworth said. "No question about it that’s it’s a huge challenge for us. I’ve watched them play and looking at it with the personnel they have, I don’t think it’s inconceivable to go in there and get the result.
“I think it’ll take us coming together in all ways to get a result. That’s what our goal is, to go in there and get a good result. It’s going to take a collective effort from everyone to do it.”
For midfielder Stefani Miglioranzi, this game will be special. The 32-year-old played in 23 games with 20 starts for the Galaxy last season.
He’s excited about facing his old club.