Jim Curtin is excited for the tough test of the New England Revolution on Wednesday evening.
The Revs sit second in the Eastern conference after four games, and Curtin was complimentary of the Union's next opponents.
Curtin said: "When you watch New England in all the games they've played this season, they're the best team that we've scouted.
"They're playing very well, and I think they're one of the strongest teams in our conference and the league. We will have our hands full."
One of New England's most important players has been midfielder Carles Gil. The Spaniard led their playoff charge last season, and the Union coach is aware of the challenges he will present on Wednesday.
Curtin said: "Carles Gil is one of the most under-appreciated players in our league. I think he's a top player and is special in all that he does."
"He's just so dangerous."
Philadelphia faced New England on six occasions last season, but the most important one came in the playoffs.
The Union had been unbeaten against the Revolution in their previous 10 games until their 2-0 playoff defeat.
Curtin understands that the pain of the loss is still lingering but that it is a new season. The defeat will be left in the past, and he is keen to look forward.
He said: "It hurts when a team ends your season, it stays with you, and it hurts for a while. However, that happens in sports. It's a new year and challenge for us."
"It'll be a tough match, but last season has gone at this point."
The Union got their first MLS win of the season on the road at Chicago at the weekend but are still winless at home.
After going unbeaten at home last season, Curtin's side has opened up the 2021 season with successive home losses. That is a feeling that is unusual to his squad, but he is keen to get back on track on Wednesday.
Curtin said: "It's a big week for us. We have a really strong New England team coming in. We've played confidence at home, but we've had things go against us.
"We didn't lose a regular-season game at home last year, so we weren't used to that feeling. The players don't like the feeling, and we don't want it again."
On Tuesday morning, the Union announced the signing of Hungarian international Daniel Gazdag from Budapest Honved.
The 25-year-old will join the squad soon, and Curtin could not hide his excitement about getting his new signing on the pitch. He was full of pra