Now they are preparing for their home debut this campaign but captain Michael Parkhurst is well aware that the Union will provide a very tricky proposition.
"(Philly) is solid straight up the middle," Parkhurst said.
"Maurice Edu brings a lot of bite to their midfield. He's box-to-box, getting in on the attack and winning balls. Brian Carroll likes to sit and picks out passing lanes defensively.
"Jack McInerney is a guy who's sneaky. He's always in behind and playing just inside the offside line, making early runs. He's a guy you really have to be aware of for the entire game."
As for the Crew's preparation, Parkhurst suggested the bye had come at a good time despite it being in Week 2 of the new season.
"We put in a good couple weeks of training to get ready, work on our fitness, but also work on individual things and rest a couple injuries," the defender added.
"It gave us an extra week to get used to the system and continue to fine tune things tactically."
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