Home Sweet Home

Welcome home, Philadelphia
Union.

For the first time since
April 10 – that’s nearly five weeks ago – the club will play in front of
its rowdy home fans when it hosts FC Dallas Saturday at Lincoln
Financial Field.

At 1-5-0, the Union will
receive a major boost playing in front of their hometown fans. They will
likely also receive a jolt from the return of Sebastien Le Toux.

“I’m feeling pretty good
and I think I’m going to be able to play on Saturday,” Le Toux said.

Le Toux leads the Union in
scoring, but has missed the last two games with a sprained left knee.
Just having him on the field at home will be a benefit.

“I think it’s more than
possible for him,” Team Manager Peter Nowak said of Le Toux's chances of
playing.

Roger Torres played a
terrific game in a 1-1 draw against the Ecuadorian National Team in a
closed scrimmage Tuesday at Lincoln Financial Field. In fact, the
18-year-old Torres sent a side volley into the goal after receiving a
deft pass from Alejandro Moreno to equalize. The goal doesn't count
towards Torres' stats, but it should provide a confidence boost for the
youngster.

“I needed that,” Torres
said. “Hopefully, this is something that will motivate me to get a goal
on Saturday.”

The club has been training
at home in between road matches, but
 to finally be able to play again at home is something they’re
clearly looking forward to Saturday.

“Sure, it’s great to have
the support for you,” said midfielder Kyle Nakazawa. “We want to come
out and play very well and come away with the three points we really
need.”

At the same time, the
Union won’t put any added pressure on themselves.

“The (technical) staff
here has been great about keeping us on an even keel,” said goalkeeper
Chris Seitz. “We don’t get too high and we don’t get too low. We stay on
the same wavelength every day and try to get better. We know that has
to be the way to approach things. Obviously, it will be good to be home
Saturday instead of on the road.

“We knew before the season
that we would be playing 8 of the first 10 games away. We don’t look at
it that way. It’s one day, one game at a time. But it will be nice to
be back in Philly in front of our home crowd cheering us on. No question
about that fact.”