After opening the regular season with a three-game winless streak, the Philadelphia Union will now look for their second consecutive victory when they host the New England Revolution on Wednesday.
The Union (1-2-1, 4 points) played their strongest game of the young season in a 2-0 win on the road against the Chicago Fire last Saturday. Cory Burke and Jakob Glesnes each scored one goal.
Philadelphia's slow start could have been attributed to a hectic schedule. In addition to the league games, the Union have also advanced to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League.
"All we're doing now is playing games at max intensity, recovering, going through some tactical stuff," Union head coach Jim Curtin said. "We're not getting the reps in training because we're simply not training. It sounds crazy, but it's just the reality of the schedule right now."
The CONCACAF Champions League semifinals won't be held until Aug. 10-12, so the Union will have a chance to regain some normalcy in the league portion of the schedule.
"It's huge as we continue to make history and into the semifinals," captain Alejandro Bedoya said.
The Revolution (2-1-1, 7 points) will aim to maintain their positive momentum through their opening four games.
New England suffered its first defeat of the season in a 2-0 loss at Nashville SC on Saturday. The Revolution have not dropped consecutive regular season matches in a season under head coach Bruce Arena since May of 2019.
"It was a tough game, and we were thoroughly outplayed in the first 30 minutes of the game and I thought the second half we played much better," Arena said after the loss. "In the first half on the field we were probably outplayed at nine of the 10 positions. Give Nashville credit, they were a deserving winner today."
The Revolution started slowly and never fully recovered. If New England starts slowly again on Wednesday, it could be a long night.
"If you don't start well, any team can beat you in this league, and we have to make sure we start better," Andrew Farrell said. "We are going to Philly, another good team, and we have to look and what we can do to improve and start better."
The Revolution eliminated the Supporters' Shield champion Union, 2-0, in the MLS Cup playoffs last season.
--Field Level Media