Union Visit Red Bulls Saturday
By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It’s back to MLS play for the Philadelphia Union this weekend as they take to the road to battle the New York Red Bulls.
Philadelphia is coming off a 1-0 win over Pumas UNAM in an international friendly last time out. Prior to that, they had won two straight in MLS play since a season opening loss to Sporting KC.
“It feels great to have a strong start,” Union defender Ray Gaddis tells KYW Newsradio. “Being on the team last year, the difference, you feel more comfortable as a player. And everybody else in the locker room is buzzing. We know we just have to take it one game at a time, and we’re excited about the strong start so far.”
New York has been slow out of the gates here in 2013. They will bring an 0-2-2 record into Saturday.
“We know there record does not indicate how good they really are as a team,” Gaddis says. “They have some great players that can score goals at will. We know they’re a solid team, being a playoff team from last year. We take every team seriously and prepare for them in every manner. We know that they have some great offensive talent.”
However, offense has been a problem for New York here in the early going. They have just four goals in four games – three came in their season-opening draw against Portland – and they come into Saturday having not scored in their last two matches.
Philadelphia has not had a lot of success against New York. The Union just 2-6-0 against New York all-time and they have never beaten the Red Bulls on the road (0-4).
Saturday’s match will get underway at 3:30pm.
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