Game: Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto F.C.
Where: PPL Park, Chester, PA
When: 4:00 PM ET
Channel: WPVI-TV 6ABC
Commentators: JP Dellacamera and Alejandro Moreno
Meet the Opposition: Waking The Red
Even under a manager as incompetent as Peter Nowak, the Philadelphia Union have managed one playoff berth in their three year existence. Toronto F.C., having existed longer than the Union, still have not managed to secure a playoff berth in their history. Their franchise history is a tale of woe and hardship that makes Nowak look bordering on semi-competent, a feat really difficult to achieve and one for which they should be quite proud/sad. This year's rendition is not off to a completely awful start. Ryan Nelsen's side are 1-2-2* with that win coming against a formidable Sporting Kansas City. It's still early in the season, but early returns suggest this TFC squad might be more potent than TFC squads of year's past.
*Contrary to popular belief, this is not Toronto F.C.'s most commonly used formation.
Philadelphia Union starting XI: (4-3-3) Zac MacMath; Raymon Gaddis, Jeff Parke, Amobi Okugo, Sheanon Williams; Brian Carroll, Keon Daniel, Danny Cruz; Sebastian Le Toux, Conor Casey, Jack McInerney
Philadelphia Union bench: Michael Lahoud, Roger Torres, Antoine Hoppenot, Gabriel Farfan, Chris Konopka, Michael Farfan, Kleberson
Toronto FC starting XI: (4-4-2) Joe Bendik; Ashtone Morgan, Darren O'Dea, Gale Agbossoumonde, Darel Russell; Luis Silva, Jeremy Hall, Reggie Lambe, Hogan Ephriam; Justin Braun, Robert Earnshaw
Toronto FC bench: Kyle Bekker, Jonathan Osorio, Danny Califf, John Bostock, Stefan Frei, Andrew Wiedeman, Ryan Richter
Prediction: Union escape with a 1-0 win.