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Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Seattle Sounders

A brief look at the history between these two sides, and some of the factors that could sway this contest one way or another.

John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

Match: Philadelphia Union vs. Seattle Sounders

Date: Wednesday, June 24th

Time: 7:00 PM

Place: PPL Park

Television: Comcast SportsNet

History

The Union have faced the Sounders eight times, going 2-4-2 with their last meeting coming in last year's U.S. Open Cup Final, which Seattle won 3-1 in extra time at PPL Park. Philadelphia is 1-1-2 against the Sounders at home.

Recent Form

Philadelphia Union (4-10-3, 15 points) 9th place in Eastern Conference

Seattle Sounders (9-5-2, 29 points) 1st place in Western Conference

In their last five MLS contests, the Union have won twice and lost three times with their most recent result being an embarrassing 5-1 thrashing at the hands of the LA Galaxy. Meanwhile, Seattle won three of their last five games and lost the other two, looking to get back in the win column following a 2-0 defeat to conference opponent San Jose Earthquakes.

Notes

- The absences of Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins: The Union catch a break defensively, with the American international serving the second of his three-game suspension handed to him by MLS. Martins, who is tied with Dempsey with seven goals scored, will also miss this game due to an injury sustained in the Sounders' U.S. Open Cup match.

- Seattle will attack: When you take a look at the goal differentials each side has, it is easy to think Seattle will more likely than not put a few passed Jim Curtin's defense. The Sounders lead the league with a GD of 10, while Philadelphia owns the league's worst differential with an abysmal -11. Even without Dempsey and Martins, Seattle is still capable of finding the back of the net against a Union defense that has been exposed multiple times this year.

Projected Union Lineup

G: Brian Sylvestre

D: Maurice Edu, Richard Marquez, Sheanon Williams, Ray Gaddis

M: Vincent Nogueira, Brian Carroll, Cristian Maidana, Andrew Wenger, Zach Pfeffer

F: CJ Sapong

Prediction: Seattle 2, Philadelphia 0