Harvey: 'We Need This Game Sunday'
The expansion Philadelphia Union
are on the outside of the MLS playoff race looking in just over halfway through
their inaugural season, but the club isn’t ready to dismiss their chances of
making a late surge.
In fact, the character Manager
Peter Nowak’s side has shown throughout the 2010 campaign would suggest the
Union’s mentality and corresponding effort won’t fluctuate depending on
their position in the standings. Regardless, Philadelphia are first and
foremost focused on Sunday’s away match against FC Dallas (6:00pm, Fox Soccer Channel/Fox Sports en Español).
"We need this game Sunday and we all know it,” said defender Jordan Harvey. “We need three
points as much as possible from here on out. I think we're a confident team and
we're going on the road with a plan in mind."
While the results haven’t showed it, the Union have been especially sharp in the run of
play recently. According to Nowak, the key to turning around the club’s
fortunes is learning how to bury scoring opportunities at a more efficient
“You can see our lack of experience in certain situations,”
he said. “We have to finish our chances, especially at the end of games. We
have to have that killer instinct and say ‘I’m going to bury it.’ That’s the
part that sometimes in practice they take lightly.
“You have to work on it. You’re not always going to have 10
chances in a game. You get three, four, or five and you have to finish them. I
believe it’s something to work on with these guys.”
While it’s clear that Philadelphia are treating Sunday’s
contest as a must-win, they aren’t looking to change their strategy. More than
anything, the club is hoping to see their quality begin to translate into
"We can't put too much pressure on ourselves,” said defender Cristian
Arrieta on Thursday. “We have to play our style and our game. Really, it's
about executing what we're trying to accomplish. We tied Dallas earlier this
season. We need to execute, and if we do, I'm confident the result will come
out in our favor.”
If the Union are to seize
the possibility of re-entering the playoff mix, securing three points against a
tough FC Dallas side is a virtual necessity. Philadelphia fans know it, and the
players are equally aware.
"This is important on Sunday,” midfielder Fred said after Thursday’s 2-1
loss. “It's a very big game for us. We want to play well and then come home and
do the same thing."