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GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls

In this afternoon's edition of "Every Union Game From Here On Out Is Vital," the Philadelphia Union host the New York Red Bulls.

Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports
PPL Park, Chester, PA
September 13, 2014
3:00 PM 4:00 PM
NBCSN - Steve Cangelosi and Robbie Mustoe
Know Thy Enemy: Once A Metro
Starting XI
Pedro Ribeiro Forward Thierry Henry, Tim Cahill

Andrew Wenger, Fred, Danny Cruz,

Brian Carroll, Amobi Okugo

Midfield Dax McCarty, Eric Alexander, Lloyd Sam, Peguy Luyindula
Fabinho, Maurice Edu, Ethan White, Ray Gaddis Defense Chris Duvall, Jamison Olave, Ibrahim Sekagya, Armando
Zac MacMath Goalkeeper Luis Robles
Andre Blake, Sebastien Le Toux, Vincent Nogueira, Cristian Maidana, Carlos Valdes, Brian Brown, Sheanon Williams Bench Ryan Meara, Kosuke Kimura, Richard Eckersley, Ian Christianson, Eric Stevenson, Saer Sene
Game Officials
Referee: Allen Chapman
Assistant: James Conlee
Assistant: Matthew Nelson
Fourth: Hilario Grajeda

The Philadelphia Union are putting their eggs in the U.S. Open Cup basket with this starting line-up, though a couple of starters who absolutely need the rest, Gaddis and Edu, remain in the starting XI. With the Union in such a tight race for a playoff spot, punting away three points seems like an awfully risky strategy. Here's hoping the typical Union reserves pull through in the PPL Park rain. Go Union! DOOP!