After the match, Elliott said, “Honestly, I’m delighted to score two goals and to help us win, mainly. Obviously, if we didn’t win it wouldn’t mean anything.”
Curtin had gone just over a year since the last time he was named Coach of the Week, and both his August 2017 recognition for guiding his team to a victory over FC Dallas — a week in which John McCarthy, Ilsinho, and CJ Sapong were also honored — and this week’s were well-deserved. The Union’s fourth win away from home puts them in fifth place in the Eastern Conference and in a strong position at the start of a five match run that sees them face four teams competing with them for the final two playoff spots.
Without Mark McKenzie’s speed in back, Curtin still put together a gameplan that allowed the Union to absorb New England’s pressure and exploit Brad Friedel’s team’s weakness on set pieces. The Union head coach used CJ Sapong on the wing to win aerial balls, allowing his team to play over the Revs pressure. He also got creative at the end of the match, inserting both Warren Creavalle and the resurgent Derrick Jones in the center and pushing Ale Bedoya wide to add defensive nous at the end of a difficult but must-win road match.
The Union return to action next weekend when they face New York City FC at 7:00PM EST at Talen Energy Stadium