Chivas USA has never lost its first game against an
It’s up to the Philadelphia Union to alter that piece of the record books.
After a dramatic 3-1 victory over Seattle Sounders FC last Sunday in the debut of sparkling $122 million PPL Park, the Union got a huge boost of confidence. And they expect to carry that momentum into Saturday’s road match at Chivas USA (Fox Soccer Channel, 10:30 p.m. ET, Home Depot Center).
The Goats (3-9-1) have dropped a franchise-worst six games in a row and haven’t won since a 4-0 victory at New England all the way back on May 5. Chivas USA boasts just two home wins.
Philadelphia (3-7-1) hasn't been much better on the season, but their prospects are far brighter with such a favorable home schedule the rest of the way. Their level of play also suggests that plenty of wins are on the way.
“I think we all have a sense of how good we can be,” said Union midfielder
Stefani Miglioranzi. “When we put it all together and play smart and hard at
the same time, good things are happening. I think with this group working
together every day, we’re seeing improvement in every area. We have a tough
road match coming up, and we want to build on what we started with this home
Chivas USA will receive a boost from the return of U.S. Men’s National Team member Jonathan Bornstein. Meanwhile, the club made a pair of roster moves on Wednesday, releasing midfielder Jose Macotelo and forward Maicon Santos.
For the Union, the goal is to concentrate on themselves and not worry so much about the opposition.
Philadelphia picked up a road victory at Houston earlier this season. Getting another one against the Goats would be even bigger with four straight home matches ahead to follow.
“I feel like I keep repeating myself with this, but if we stick to what we do, I like our talent up and down this roster,” said Union defender Danny Califf. “Maybe I’m naïve, though I don’t think so, but I feel like we’re capable of winning every match. I think the win over Seattle was great for our confidence. We have to keep it up, and I think the guys are playing with more confidence.”
“We have a one-game-at-a-time attitude going on around here,” added Shea Salinas. “We come to work every day with the mindset of getting better. I think we have improved dramatically since the start of the season, and I think we’re all excited about where we can go the rest of the season.”