Philadelphia Union are closing out a three-game homestand Saturday when they take on Montreal Impact, with kick-off at 1:00 p.m.
During his weekly press conference, Union Head Coach Jim Curtin spoke about the attitude of the team going into their game this weekend.
“It’s a good team in terms of locker room mindset,” Curtin said. “They pick each other up. Even the guys that were not in the starting group did a good job all week of mentoring, or talking to the other guys. Everyone says they have a good locker room in the easy times and this has been a hard time. This is when you truly find out about the group and what it means to stay positive and stay focused and stick together.”
Even though the results haven’t all been positive so far this season, it appears the group is doing just that, staying positive and working hard to get positive results.
Behind the scenes, the effort is there, according to Curtin. The team is still working hard, be it at training or during lifting sessions - where Curtin says the players are “getting after it together.”
The head coach added the players are still enjoying time around each other at meals and that the energy and positivity is still there.
“I think our veterans are all good leaders,” Curtin said. “They have done a good job of staying positive. It’s a group deserving of three points because I see how hard they work. We have to go out on the field and fight for that now."
The Union have had spurts of good play, according to the head coach, but are still trying to put it together into a full 90 minutes.
Against Montreal, a team that has allowed seven goals in six games, those spurts could turn into long stretches of good play. Offensively, the Impact have 67 shots on the year with only 21 being on goal.
The work that the Philadelphia club is putting in between games should translate to the field eventually. Curtin reiterated many times that the team is deserving of a win. The work is there.
“We fight for it every day,” Curtin said. “We work for it every day. Right now, we’ve had some bad result, but we still believe in what we’re doing. We still believe we have a very good group of guy, a good group of players. We’ll continue to work hard in a system that we believe will win in this league.”