After his team secured a spot in the 2018 U.S. Open Cup final against Houston Dynamo, Jim Curtin spoke to the media about making another cup final and a big upcoming match against New England.
One for the fans
Curtin credited the players and fans for putting in the work to get the Union to another Open Cup final, the third of Curtin’s head coaching tenure.
“Players deserve a lot of credit for the effort and work that they put in,” the Union head coach said. “A special night. One where the fans really pushed us on. Obviously, set ourselves up now for a great opportunity to play in another Open Cup final.
“Unfortunately, the celebration is short-lived because now we have a very important conference game against New England.”
No time to dwell on the win
The Union now face New England Revolution, who are only two points ahead of Philly in the Eastern Conference standings.
“It'll be a difficult task,” Curtin admitted. “We've improved greatly on the road now. I think our players have played with a lot more confidence on the road, and now we have a rival in New England where we have to go there and deal with the turf.”
Curtin was certain that not only will his player sbe ready, but they will be aiming for a fourth road win of the year.
“Guys have energy, we've done a great job regen'ing and getting these guys back after a quick turnaround in the Open Cup semifinal. So we're going to go there with confidence, going to go there to get all three points.”
The Union head to Gillette Stadium to take on the Revs at 7:30PM EST on Saturday, August 11. Catch the action on PHL17.