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Union aim to dispatch improving Rapids

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The Philadelphia Union aim to regain their swagger and reclaim the top spot in the Eastern Conference on Wednesday when they host the Colorado Rapids in Chester, Pa.

The Union (7-4-3, 24 points), who trail East-leading D.C. United by one point, have followed up a three-match winning streak with just one point at home against a pair of Western Conference adversaries.

Forward Kacper Przybylko scored his team co-leading fourth goal of the season in the 47th minute, but Philadelphia was unable to generate any more offense in its 3-1 setback to Portland on Saturday.

“We won’t allow things to get negative at this point,” coach Jim Curtin told reporters afterward. “We’ve done a lot of good, hard work.

“It’s hard, we’ll learn from it, but we have a quick turnaround, which is a good thing. We have Colorado (next), so I’m fully confident that we’ll have a very strong response from the group.”

While the Union look to get back on track, the Rapids (2-9-2, eight points) answered an eight-game losing streak and 11-match winless skid by posting their second straight victory on Saturday.

Nicolas Mezquida scored the go-ahead goal in the 89th minute of Colorado’s 3-2 triumph over Columbus.

“It was perfect, a perfect sight for me. It was just perfect to shoot,” Mezquida said, per the Denver Post.

The win improved the Rapids to 2-2-0 since former Union star Conor Casey was appointed interim head coach of the Mile High City contingent.

“He’s implemented a competitive edge,” midfielder Kellyn Acosta said of Casey. “He’s added a winning mentality and he’s let us play freely.”

Kei Kamara leads Colorado with seven goals this season and has seven tallies in 13 career matches versus Philadelphia.

The Rapids posted a 3-0 win over the Union at home in the clubs’ last meeting on March 31, 2018, with former Colorado forward Dominique Badji scoring all three goals in the second half.

Former Union draft pick and right back Keegan Rosenberry returns to the Philadelphia area for the first time since joining Colorado in the offseason.

Rapids veteran goalkeeper Tim Howard is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury.

REUTERS/Field Level Media

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