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Ray Gaddis (credit: Getty Images)

Ray Gaddis (credit: Getty Images)

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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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