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GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls

It’s the last game of the regular season. If things go well, it won’t be the last game of the year.

Philadelphia Union vs Montreal Impact Photo Gallery Trey Madara / Brotherly Game

It’s the last match of the regular season, and the Philadelphia Union host the New York Red Bulls. While that would normally light a fire in the bellies of the players and fans, this time it seems like more of an afterthought. There’s so many other things happening for both teams.

The Red Bulls have clinched the Eastern Conference and a first-round bye in the playoffs. The only things they have to play for is ensuring Bradley Wright-Phillips stays on top of the Golden Boot race (he currently leads New York City FC’s David Villa by a goal) and possibly destroying the playoff dreams for the Union.

While the Union are all but assured a playoff spot, they are not 100% assured. If they lose and the New England Revolution win and can make up a 12 goal differential, it would be a sixth straight year the Union would miss the playoffs. While this is an unlikely scenario, I’m not about to be the one who jinxes it. No buddy.

We’ll be talking about the match in the comments section below - feel free to join in the conversation!

Venue: Talen Energy Stadium (Chester, PA)
Date: October 23, 2016
Time: 4:00 PM
Television: The Comcast Network (Philadelphia), MSG (New York), DirecTV 474
Online Streaming: MLS Live, MLS Direct Kick
Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls
New York Red Bulls ready to wrap up regular season at Philadelphia Union
Starting XI
Numbers of Note
15 - Number of consecutive games without a loss for Red Bull.
59 - Number of goals scored by New York (most in MLS).
- Number of people who hate Red Bull.
Game Officials
Referee: Kevin Stot
Assistant: Kermit Quisenberry
Assistant: Craig Lowry
Fourth: Sorin Stoica