Union hope to end road trip on a high vs. Galaxy
The Philadelphia Union won’t be fooled by the LA Galaxy’s 4-4-1 record at The Home Depot Center.
The players are fully aware that the Galaxy have traditionally been one of the toughest clubs to beat at home.
That’s the task awaiting the Union as they prepare to battle the Galaxy Wednesday night (10:30 p.m. ET, Comcast SportsNet).
Philadelphia are coming off a tough 2-1 loss at Houston last Saturday night, and coming up with three points would make for a happy flight back to the East Coast.
To accomplish that feat, the Union need to finish. They played well against the Dynamo and easily could have tallied three or four goals.
Next up are the Galaxy, who have won three of four, improving to 6-9-2.
“Every match is going to be tough, especially on the road,” said midfielder Freddy Adu. “They’re never easy. Playing the likes of Houston and LA are never easy. We have to stay within ourselves and do the things well that we did against Kansas City. I think the guys in here are excited about the challenge.”
David Beckham received a yellow card in the 93rd minute of last Saturday’s 4-3 loss to San Jose and will now be suspended for Wednesday’s match against the Union.
The Galaxy are still loaded with talent. Landon Donovan leads the team with six goals, including four in the last three games. They are also banged up, as eight players missed the game against the Earthquakes, including former Philadelphia midfielder Kyle Nakazawa.
Not all news on the injury front if bad for LA, however. 2011 MLS Defender of the Year Omar Gonzalez returns after suffering a torn ACL in January.
For the Union to win their second road match this season, they’ll need a complete team effort.
“The team isn’t relying on one person – everyone on the offense is doing their part,” said forward Lionard Pajoy. “This is important for a team that aspires to great things. Hopefully, the offensive players can continue their ways.”
The Union scored four goals against Kansas City and five more against the Harrisburg City Islanders in the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
While the Union managed just one against the Dynamo, there were numerous other chances.
“I think the guys in this locker room have confidence and we know we can score goals,” said midfielder Brian Carroll. “It’s a matter of keeping up that level of play in the matches to come and maintaining some consistency. I know we have the ability and the quality of players to do that.
“We’ve shown what can happen when we play together. I think as we continue to practice every day, we’ll keep getting better and better.”