Chester, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of unbeaten clubs will meet at PPL Park on Friday as the Philadelphia Union will play host to FC Dallas.
Philadelphia has claimed just two points from its first two games, settling for a 0-0 home draw against the Colorado Rapids to open the season before squandering a late lead in a thrilling 3-3 tie at Real Salt Lake last time out.
It was an unfortunate result for the Union as Maurice Edu was harshly whistled for minor contact in the box in the closing stages, allowing Salt Lake to level the score from a fortuitous penalty decision.
But for head coach Jim Curtin, poor calls generally balance out by the conclusion of the season, so the Union will be aiming to put themselves in position to capitalize when a suspect calls works in their favor.
"It's frustrating," said Curtin. "We put together good opportunities and it got unfortunate at times. And also, we could have done better at defending at times. It's a long season and the balances are going to go our way at some point and at that point we need to recognize them and even things out."
Dallas, meanwhile, has made a slightly brighter start to the campaign, winning its two matches on offer to climb to an early lead in the Western Conference.
Oscar Pareja's men opened the season with a narrow 1-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes before running rampant in a 3-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City, both of which came on home soil.
It will be interesting to see how Dallas adapts to its first road match of the campaign, but Curtin is expecting to see the same pace and power that Fabian Castillo, Blas Perez, Tesho Akindele and Michel exhibited in the opening rounds.
"Containing that, it is going to be a collective effort," said the Union boss. "It's not going to be one guy out wide trying to defend one on one. It's going to be about being organized together and really making them break us down. Looking back at the two games we've played this year, no team has really broken us down and that's a positive for us."
At the other end of the pitch, the Union have received a positive sign from newcomer Fernando Aristeguieta, who bagged a brace in the draw at RSL on Saturday. The young Designated Player will attempt to keep rolling on Friday as Philadelphia continues its pursuit of its first home goal of the year.