The Philadelphia Union have beaten the Impact twice this season, once in a preseason game and another last month. But head coach Jim Curtin is taking absolutely nothing for granted.
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“It’s a team that is very confident following their victory against Columbus,” he said on video conference.
“Thierry makes them play in a way that looks like old Barcelona style playing from the back.
“They do it well, no matter what, so we’ll have to be proactive in order to counter them. ”
Philadelphia sits second in the Eastern Conference with 31 points, on a par with the Columbus Crew.
We can tell ourselves that things can change quickly in MLS, but the Union is fortunate to have a squad that has good depth, which is a great guarantee at the end of the season.
“As I tell the guys, it’s the 4e or 5e phase of the season and at this point it’s all about survival to get points.
“We see players falling from serious injuries all over the place. Several teams do not have the same pace as before. We are lucky to have a lot of depth. “
Since it is a question of depth, the Union has just found a good offensive advantage in Cory Burke, who had been practically in exile for a year and a half.
The Jamaican was grappling with visa problems and played his last game with Philadelphia on April 20, 2019 … against the Impact.
But Burke will not be in uniform on Sunday, he is still under a mandatory quarantine as part of his return with the team and should be able to play on October 18.
Burke, 28, scored 12 goals in 36 games in the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
“The other teams are a bit messed up, so getting a player like that back is invaluable,” Curtin agreed, noting that Burke had fire in his eyes.
“The guys said they were going to go back to wearing shin guards in training because he’s so hungry and combative. “