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Union boss labels Red Bulls midfield as ‘best in league’ ahead of weekend clash

Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin has admitted how difficult it will be to cope with the New York Red Bulls when they meet for an MLS clash at Red Bull Arena on Sunday evening.

“As you look ahead, it doesn’t get any easier with having to go to New York, a rival game, and then also DC at their place, so there will be a little bit of a revenge factor in that one,” he said in yesterday’s press conference.

“So two games coming up on the road against rivals in the Eastern Conference. Obviously every game is a big one in our league because anybody can beat anybody but New York will certainly be a tough task.”

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The Union boss was full of praise for Sunday’s opponents and despite a convincing 3-1 victory in preseason over the Red Bulls, Curtin knows it’s going to be tougher this time around.

“The team that’s in very good form, a team that high presses all over the field, I think the team that has the best midfield in the league going right now between Dax (McCarty), Sacha (Kljestan) and Felipe (Martins).

“A team that if I’m being honest gave us a lot of issues in the preseason even though the scoreline was very much in our favour.

“They created a ton and were very good against us, so a team we respect, we know that are going to be good, a coach I’m very familiar with in Jesse Marsch and any time you go on the road in this league, it’s difficult to get a win but that’s going to have to be our task.”

Can Philadelphia Union get a positive result against the in-form New York Red Bulls at the weekend?

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MLS and Premier League reporter. Sub-editor and writer for mlsgb.com. All views are my own.

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