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Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo - Eastern Conference Semifinal Leg 1 - Gamethread

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Two years ago this time, the Philadelphia Union had never stepped on a soccer field before.  Today, they are in the MLS Cup Playoffs against an opponent they have never lost to in four games.  Of course, the teams are different now so past results at this stage mean very little, but Union fans have every right to be excited right now.  Not only are the Union in the playoffs, but we belong here.  Eastern Conference Semifinal.  Leg 1.  Kickoff at PPL Park is scheduled for 5:00 PM ET.

If you have not already, be sure to check out the following preview from The Brotherly Game and SB Nation Philly staff: [Ben's Match Preview] [Jason B.'s Preview For SB Nation Philly] [mk_27's Statistical Comparison] [Scott's Conversation With Phil Quinn On Faryd Mondragon For SB Nation Philly] [Scott Has A Conversation With The Enemy]. Houston perspective: [Dynamo Theory]

Broadcast Information:  ESPN2 and ESPN3.com (Rob Stone, Taylor Twellman), ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio nationwide, with coverage beginning at 5:00 PM Eastern

Houston Dynamo starting XI:  Hall; Hainault, Boswell, Cameron, Ashe; Cruz, Moffat, Camargo, Davis; Ching, Carr

Houston Dynamo bench:  Deric, Taylor, Watson, Costly, Bruin, Freeman, Clark

Philadelphia Union starting XI:  Mondragon; Williams, Califf, Valdes, G. Farfan; M. Farfan, Carroll, Miglioranzi, Mapp; Le Toux, Mwanga

Philadelphia Union bench:  MacMath, Torres, Adu, Nakazawa, Okugo, McInerney, Langley

Feel free to use this as your thread for New York Red Bulls-Los Angeles Galaxy and Colorado Rapids-Sporting Kansas City as well.  Our staff will give live comments and reactions throughout the game, as well. Go Union! DOOP!