Valdes, Farfan eager to continue momentum after week of thrills

Philly All-Stars cherish memories, focus on escalating East race

All-Star trio

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Greg Carroccio

The MLS All-Star Game was a spectacular experience for first-time participants Carlos Valdes and Michael Farfan.

As special as that 3-2 victory over Chelsea FC was, Saturday’s come-from-behind 2-1 win over the New England Revolution may have been more satisfying.

In any case, the Philadelphia Union duo went through a scintillating week filled with emotion.

“The win over the Revolution was great because of how we kept fighting and fighting,” said Valdes, the Union’s captain and central defender. “We kept coming at them after we fell behind. The fans were amazing. They were amazing at the All-Star Game, too. I’ve had a great week.

“We have another big match coming up at Montreal. We need to keep it going.”

Valdes and Farfan were stellar against New England.

During stoppage time, Valdes saved the day with a sliding kick to knock away Ryan Guy’s shot.

“I just reacted,” Valdes said. “I’m glad I was there because we needed the three points.

Farfan was still beaming in the aftermath of his All-Star appearance.

He was even happier with the result four days later against the Revolution.

“Playing in the All-Star Game and being part of it at PPL Park was incredible,” Farfan said. “The guys were all great and I feel like I got to know them. I knew a few of them, but being their teammate was amazing. I never expected to be an All-Star, so to get the call was something special.

“Taking that experience and then coming back to get a tough win against New England was also great. For us, getting results and three points is so important. We had to make a tough comeback.”

All of their focus is now on the Montreal Impact.

The Union defeated Montreal, 2-1, July 14 at PPL Park. This time, the venue will be Stade Saputo on Saturday night.

“I had a great time with the All-Star Game and the win here,” Valdes said. “We have to be focused on the next match and that’s how we have to look at it. Every match is huge from now until the rest of the season if we want to go back to the playoffs.”