PHILADELPHIA UNION manager Jim Curtin did not want to spend two weeks fretting over a missed opportunity, and that's exactly what he said would've happened had his team lost to the New England Revolution last Sunday in its home opener.
Although MLS only has one official international break - June 3-17 for the Copa America Centenario - the league has scaled back the number of matches for FIFA dates in March, September and October.
This weekend, MLS has only three games scheduled with the Union (2-1-0) having the time off. Philadelphia returns to action at the Chicago Fire on April 2.
"I think we've had a good start to the season," Curtin said at his weekly press conference on Wednesday. "Getting results on the weekends justifies all the hard work that gets put in.
"It's a decent start but we are realistic in that it is just three games. We know we have room for a lot of improvement. We're going to win as a team or lose as a team."
After a lackluster performance in a 2-0 season-opening loss at FC Dallas, the Union has responded with two strong efforts in winning 2-1 at the Columbus Crew and 3-0 over the Revolution.
Curtin has talked a lot recently about the change in culture and attitude with the Union, but always added his squad needed to back that up with positive results on the pitch.
Philadelphia has scored five goals in the last two games and they missed two penalty kicks. It's a short roll but positive rolls of any kind are not things that have been associated with the Union.
Considering the way the Union has played the last two games, a break is probably the last thing it wanted.
"It's an interesting time for everybody to get a little bit of a bye week," Curtin said. "You want to keep the momentum going to be honest.
"We'll put in a couple of days here, take a little break for Easter and then all the focus will be on Chicago."
One positive thing about the break is that the Union will not have to play a match without goalkeeper Andre Blake, who is on international duty for Jamaica from March 21-30.
Jamaica has World Cup qualifying matches against Costa Rica on March 25 and 29. Curtin said that barring injury, Blake will guard the net when the Union returns to action against Chicago.