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MLS Match Preview: New England Revolution vs. Philadelphia Union

New England Revolution

Photo Courtesy of New England Revolution Twitter / @NERevolution

The World Cup break is officially over for the clubs of Major League Soccer with nearly every club getting back into league match-ups this weekend. One of the more intriguing matches take place at Gillette Stadium as the New England Revolution hosts the Philadelphia Union at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Revolution come into the match in third place in the Eastern Conference with 23 points from 14 matches; the Union come into the match in eighth place in the East with 15 points from 16 matches.

New England Revolution comes into the match on a rare losing streak having lost their last two matches each by a scoreline of 2-0. The only other time they had lost back-to-back matches was at the beginning of the season when they dropped their first two matches; it took them into second half stoppage time of their fourth match before Lee Nguyen scored their first goal (A goal was scored in their fourth match but it was a San Jose own goal).

It has been a season of horrors for the Philadelphia Union so far as they have only managed three wins to this point in the season. Expectations were high after the pre-season acquisitions of midfielders Maurice Edu, Cristian Maidana and Vincent Nogueira but they have failed to deliver in the 2014 MLS regular season. The match will be the first under interim coach Jim Curtin who takes over for the fired John Hackworth.

Projected Lineups:

New England Revolution

Philadelphia Union

New England has struggled against the Union historically; the teams have met 12 times in their history with Philadelphia winning six of those matches. The teams have split both meetings this season with Philadelphia winning the first 1-0 before an eight-goal thriller in mid-May which saw New England come away with a 5-3 win.

PLAYER TO WATCH:

Conor Casey — Philadelphia. Casey is on fire as of late; the former Colorado Rapids striker has scored four goals in the last two league games; his four goals tie him with Sebastien Le Toux for the team lead. It seems like Casey has fully regained his form after a pre-season calf strain, maybe this run of form will see more minutes be allocated his way.

PREDICTION:

New England 2, Philadelphia 1 — Do not turn this match off early as both of these teams not only score goals late in the match but allow them as well. Here is a breakdown of goals scored and allowed by time intervals.

New England Scored Philadelphia
21 Total 22
2 1 thru 15 1
3 16 thru 30 1
4 31 thru 45 5
4 46 thru 60 2
2 61 thru 75 6
6 76 thru 90 7
New England Allowed Philadelphia
18 Total 27
4 1 thru 15 5
3 16 thru 30 4
4 31 thru 45 2
0 46 thru 60 4
2 61 thru 75 4
5 76 thru 90 8

Matthew Evans is a soccer writer for Stoppage Time Soccer. “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter, or add him to your network on Google

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