April 14, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Union midfielder Gabriel Gomez (6) is congratulated by Philadelphia head coach Piotr Nowak after scoring on a free kick in the first half of the game against the Columbus Crew at PPL Park. Philadelphia defeated Columbus 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Rob Christy-US PRESSWIRE
The Philadelphia Union head up to New England on Saturday night, to take on the New England Revolution in Foxboro, Mass.
The Philadelphia Union head up to New England on Saturday night to take on the New England Revolution in Foxboro, Mass.
Though it will be difficult for either club to make the playoffs, both Philadelphia and New England figure to play hard down the stretch as they jockey for position in the Eastern Conference standings.
The folks over at Brotherly Game, SB Nation's Union blog, have a comprehensive preview of the game. Here's an excerpt, as they also conclude that the playoff dream is over:
These last ten matches aren't going to be about the other team as much anymore, at least from a Union perspective. What the other team brings to the table isn't as important at this point. What's more important is that Hackworth now has the freedom to make broad changes from week to week, if he wishes. He now has the freedom to give minutes to homegrown players Zach Pfeffer, Jimmy McLaughlin, and Cristhian Hernandez, or to rookie Chandler Hoffman. This is the time for experimentation. You're still playing against true MLS first-team competition, but the results don't quite matter as much. You can be comfortable putting relatively unused players into the side, or maybe try them out in a new position.
Televised coverage can be found on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, beginning at 7 p.m. ET.
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