Union Looking Forward to Returning Home
the inaugural season of the Philadelphia Union.
Playing most of their
matches on the road, the team has dropped to an unfortunate 1-5-0
record, with their lone win coming at home while the other five losses
have been away from Philadelphia.
Finally set to return to
play in front of their home fans, the Union think the match against FC
Dallas this Saturday could really help to turn things around as the
season kicks into high gear.
“It’s important for any
team to have a good record at home,” said Union forward Alejandro Moreno
after training on Wednesday. “Certainly the way we’ve started the
season, we’ve put a little bit of pressure on ourselves to try and get
those results at home. We’re looking forward to this opportunity and
it’s another chance for us to play in front of our fans. We’re excited
for this game on Saturday and hopefully providing our fans with
something to be happy about.”
Getting the results is
the important thing and the road has certainly been tough to the
expansion team this season. Scoring only three goals while allowing 12
away from home, Peter Nowak’s side will welcome a return to Lincoln
Midfielder Fred is glad
to be back home, but realizes that even playing in front of your own
fans isn’t always an easy task.
“It is very good for us,
you know?,” said Fred of how he feels about returning home. “We’ve
already had five games away so it’s good when you play at home and to
bring your confidence back, but you need to win the games to do that.
“It is also difficult to
play at home. The problem that we have been having so far with being
away is that we have been making mistakes and haven’t been able to
score. We’re playing well and the only thing we need to do now is to
With another massive
crowd expected on Saturday, the pressure will be on for the Union to
earn a result similar to the last time they were at home. Beating D.C.
United 3-2 and thoroughly bossing the game, the Union seemed destined to
bounce back from their opening night loss to Seattle and push forward
with more positive results.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t
to be as the next four games on the road all yielded losses for the
club, and because of that run they find themselves in the cellar of the
The first step in pulling
themselves out is Saturday in a match that Union defender Michael
Orozco really wants to win, not only for the team, but for the loyal
being back home and having our fans with us. It plays a big role. Every
time you have an away match, the fans from the other team are always on
you, booing you, there is always pressure. You’re playing against 11
players plus the fans. Playing here and from what I’ve seen from the
first game, they’re really into it and it helps us a lot. It pumps us up
and makes us want to give them the three points.”