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Revolution looking for first season win against Union

Field Level Media
19 Oct 2020, 01:40 GMT+10

The Philadelphia Union will be looking to extend their unbeaten streak to four when they visit the New England Revolution on Monday.

The Union rallied for a 2-2 draw on the road against D.C. United last Wednesday and clinched a playoff berth in the process.

Philadelphia (10-3-5, 35 points) remains just three points behind Toronto FC for first place in the Eastern Conference. Only the Union and Toronto FC have clinched playoff spots already.

The Union have lost just one time in their past nine games, and they'll likely receive another boost of confidence with the return of Jamaican international Cory Burke.

Burke hasn't suited up for the Union since April 2, 2019, because of a visa issue.

"People forget he was our leading scorer when he left the team 18 months ago," Union head coach Jim Curtin said. "It's a great piece to have back. Not only in the locker room but obviously on the field. He adds to our stable of attacking players. Cory suits a lot of what we want to do."

The Union will be without captain Alejandro Bedoya (yellow card accumulation) and possibly without center back Jakob Glesnes (concussion) and right back Ray Gaddis (ankle).

The Revolution, meanwhile, will be searching for their third straight victory. The past two came on the road as they catapulted to 7-4-7, good for 28 points.

But the Revolution haven't been able to defeat the Union this season with two losses and one draw.

"I think in the three games we've played this year, you could argue that Philadelphia has been a little bit better," New England head coach Bruce Arena said. "That's a point of emphasis for our team, is to get these things a little bit better.

"If we want to beat or compete with the top teams in the league, we have to be paying a lot more attention to detail, whether it's set pieces or how we play at the end of games, at the end of halves," Arena added.

The Revolution are 4-1-2 in their past seven games to vault up the ladder in the Eastern Conference and strengthen their playoff position.

In their most recent game, forward Adam Buksa had one goal and one assist to lead New England past the Montreal Impact, 3-2.

--Field Level Media

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