It’s been 35 days since the Philadelphia Union played a home match and 50 since their last win, but the Union have the opportunity to punch their tickets to the playoffs - something they haven’t done in 1828 days. The Union will need to be able to beat an Orlando City team that is well below the red line but still has world class players in Kaka and Cyle Larin.
There are some pretty significant questions facing the Union as they come into the match: will Alejandro Bedoya be sidelined by a rib injury, will Warren Creavalle be ready to go after coming back to Philadelphia from Guyana just a few days ago, and will Josh Yaro pass his concussion protocols and be able to play. The good thing is that at least for Creavalle and Yaro, the Union have decent enough replacements in Brian Carroll (for Creavalle), Ken Tribbett (for Yaro), and Maurice Edu (for either).
So let’s talk about the match in the comments section! I’ll try and keep things interesting while things are going on with a running commentary and banter.
|CJ Sapong||Forward||Carlos Rivas, Cyle Larin|
|Chris Pontius, Tranquillo Barnetta, Fabian Herbers; Brian Carroll, Alejandro Bedoya||Midfield||Kaka, Matias Perez-Garcia; Cristian Higuita, Antonio Nocerino|
|Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Ken Tribbett, Keegan Rosenberry||Defense||Mikey Ambrose, Seb Hines, Jose Aja, Rafael Ramos|
|Andre Blake||Goalkeeper||Joe Bendik|
|John McCarthy, Ray Gaddis, Maurice Edu, Roland Alberg, Warren Creavalle, Ilsinho, Charlie Davies||Bench||Earl Edwards, Jr., Tommy Redding, Kevin Alston, Servando Carrasco, Kevin Molino, Julio Baptista, Hadji Barry|