By Danny Picard
After 10 days off, the New England Revolution will get back to work when they travel to Philadelphia to face the Union on Saturday afternoon. It marks the Revs first league match since a 2-0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy back on July 10 at Gillette Stadium.
The Revolution have been more recently involved in SuperLiga 2010, where they won all three of their group stage matches. Following Saturdays MLS match with Philadelphia, New England will host a SuperLiga 2010 semifinals match with Puebla FC on Wednesday at Gillette Stadium.
But with regards to the league standings, Saturdays match means more than any SuperLiga match. And the standings are something these Revs should be most concerned about.
Entering Saturdays match with the Union, the Revolution stand in seventh place (out of eight) in the Eastern Conference, with a 4-9-2 record (14 points). The Union are tied with the Revs in points, but Philadelphia has played one less game and holds a 4-8-2 record.
New England is looking to ride a four-game winning streak (including their three SuperLiga victories) into Philly by relying on strong finishes from Marko Perovic, and continuing their shutdown defense.
Perovic has provided three goals in the last four games, and havent allowed a goal since July 2. The return of veteran defender Cory Gibbs (left quad strain) should certainly make New Englands solid defense even stronger.
Just four days after releasing 24-year-old midfielder Michael Videira, the Revolution announced on Friday that theyve signed Serbian forward Ilija Stolica and Brazilian forwardmidfielder Roberto Linck.
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