Curtin Aims To Improve Defence

After being introduced as the interim manager of Philadelphia Union, Jim Curtin has stated that he would like to immediately work upon the defence of the team in order to improve the results. It has been a poor start to the season for the club and they find themselves sitting outside the play-off places in the Eastern conference. They are just only a few points about the bottom of the table with the team having registered with just two wins in the last five matches. One of the reasons for their poor form has been the goals conceded.

Philadelphia have let in the second most number of goals in the league this season. Houston Dynamo have conceded 29 goals in 16 matches, while Philadelphia are not too far behind with 27 from the same number of matches. It is quite clear that difference is the major problem for the team and Curtin is looking to address this. One can expect a difference looking team in the upcoming matches, as the interim manager has stated that a 1-0 win is a much better proposition for the team rather than a 4-3 victory.

Curtin was part of the Chicago Fire defence during the early 2000s. It was an impeccable defence and he seems to have learnt a lot from it.

“Good teams win 1-0 games in this league. The teams that do that at the end of the year are the teams that are toward the top of the table – the Kansas Citys, the Salt Lakes. They grind out 1-0 results and they’re good in both boxes. The toughest thing is that there hasn’t been continuity. We’ve played different guys and whether it was injuries or different situations that had come up, we haven’t had a four that has been playing together. You have to play with each other game in and game out,” said Curtin.

Schmid Looking To Strengthen Sounders

Seattle Sounders manager Sigi Schmid has claimed that the club are still looking to strengthen the team with the addition of a couple of players like a defender and the midfielder. Recent rumours suggest that the club could be in for a new striker and the manager has not dismissed those suggestions. He has claimed that the club has been made aware about a striker, who could be available. Seattle Sounders have made a strong start to the season and sit top of the table with just one defeat in the last five matches.

This amazing run of form has helped them open a two-point advantage over the likes of the Real Salt Lake. Even though they have played one more match than Real Salt Lake, it is considered as Seattle Sounders’ title to lose this campaign. Despite this, the team is not without its problems. They could especially do with strengthening in the midfield and defence. Schmid has even gone as far as suggesting that a striker would also be a welcome addition to the squad. It is looking like a battle between Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders at the top of the Western Conference table.

Both teams have been in imperious form over the last five matches. “We’re always looking. If it’s the right fit, we feel like it makes sense, it’s something that [the front office] will look at. So it’s not something that we feel is a must-have, that if we don’t do it, oh, geez, we’re going to be in big trouble. He’s one of those guys where you have to see. Is this the right time? Is he out of contract? OK, is it maybe a situation that we need to address now, or do we wait until the winter?” said Schmid about Costa Rican Jose Miguel Cubero.