Philly-Dallas Rivalry Tight Match Expected

Fitting of the Philadelphia-Dallas sports
rivalry, the last meeting between the Union and FC Dallas resulted in a
handful of ejections and lots of raised pulses. That preseason match,
which was won by Dallas 2-0, certainly could serve as a precursor for
Saturday’s battle.

Union forward Alejandro Moreno is well aware of
how the teams' first meeting was perceived, and knows what to expect
from the visitors on Saturday.

“We expect a physical game and we know [FCD are] a
team that likes to disrupt the rhythm," he said. "It’s very important
that we’re sharp on the ball going forward and we take advantage of the
spaces we create and create opportunities from those spaces.”

"Beat Dallas" is a popular moniker around the
city of Brotherly Love and, despite the added pressure to win the match,
Moreno understands getting the points is the most important thing and
that the rivalry comes second.

“I understand the rivalry but ... unless Tony
Romo is playing center back for them, I don’t see that it’s a big
issue," said Moreno. "It’s a big issue for us in that we’re trying to
get three points, and if that pleases our fans that we beat Dallas, then
so be it.”

Dallas are currently fifth in the Western
Conference and have only lost one match all season, having won or tied
the other six. Philly midfielder Stefani Miglioranzi, who returns from
suspension, knows his teammates must remain focused if they want to take
anything from the match.

“We’re know they’re a very good team,” said
Miglioranzi on Friday. “They haven’t had results that reflect that as
much, but they’re faring pretty well considering how their season has
gone. We expect a really tough game tomorrow, for sure. We saw what kind
of a team they are in the preseason and we have to really be on top of
our game to be able to win this one.”