The waiting can be the hardest part.
And it can also be beneficial.
For the Union, both parts have been true over the past 10 days since their loss at San Jose on Sept. 15.
Sure, the club wanted to get back on the pitch as soon as possible. But it gave the players a chance to rest, recover and prepare for Saturday’s match against Chivas USA at PPL Park.
“It’s nice (to play) after San Jose and we wanted to get back out there quickly,” said Union Coach John Hackworth. “We observed a lot from that game and we want to redeem ourselves. We also took time to recover, which is good. We’re looking forward to it and this gives us another chance to come back and make your next game your best.”
The Union (6-12-6) had a string of tough games close together before this latest break, which was needed.
“Looking at the positives, it was good to sit down mentally and physically,” Hackworth said. “The good thing about our team is that we have played well in many of our games even though we didn’t always get results. We’ve been able to walk away saying, ‘Hey, we played well.’ Our team has been able to bounce back all season and that means something.”
This match is the first in a six-game sprint between now and the end of this inaugural season.
Four of those games will be at PPL Park.
Regardless of the venue, the Union are determined to finish strong.
“We set up our season in stages,” Hackworth said. “We knew we were going to have a tough stretch early in the season with all the road games. Everything kind of came rapid fire. We still feel good about what we’re doing. We have a lot to prove. We feel we can win every game we play. … We know this is going to be a very difficult game. For us, it’s two teams with similar styles.
“We feel like we’re ready to play. We feel like we have the ability to be as good as anybody in this league. We have to go out and prove it. I think we’re all excited to play on Saturday.”