Fresh legs for the home stretch
With his team preparing to depart for a big showdown in Chicago, Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin assessed the performance last weekend against Atlanta and the importance of winning games against teams around you in the standings.
The Union are entering a busy two-week stretch, so their depth will be tested over the next few matches. "Obviously, we have five games — different types of games — in fifteen days, with a friendly, with an open cup quarterfinal, so we'll have to manage the squad," Curtin acknowledged. "You'll see guys get opportunities and we'll be evaluating every minute that's played."
How to climb above the playoff line
The Union can leapfrog Chicago — and potentially sixth-place Montreal, who face a difficult matchup at a NYCFC side that has yet to lose at home on Wednesday — or fall five points back of the sixth spot. While there is still plenty of season to go, these games against teams around them in the standings are where they must set themselves apart.