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Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Swansea City

At least it’s not Crystal Palace again.

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Game: Philadelphia Union vs. Swansea City

Date: Saturday, July 15th

Time: 7:00 p.m. Eastern, 6:00 p.m. Central, 4:00 p.m. Pacific, 11:00 p.m. UTC

Venue: Talen Energy Stadium (Chester, Pa.)

Television: None

Streaming:

Let’s face it, there’s not a lot of reason to watch this match on the surface. It’s more than likely you’re not a Swansea City fan, and even if you are it’s got to be a bit of a let down that one of the club’s most marketable players won’t be playing. But even without Gylfi Sigurdsson, there are reasons to watch.

The Union are expected to play the kids. Sure you’ve been reading about the Union’s wealth of youth talent in the Academy ranks, but have you seen any of these young men play? If you haven’t, now’s your chance. Remember last year when Derrick Jones made his debut with the Union? Not long after he was signed to the squad and wound up starting this season for the club. Could that happen again this year? Perhaps. Signs are pointing toward Anthony Fontana getting his first minutes with the Union, and that’s exciting. Does this guarantee Fontana will sign with the Union? No, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction.

You’ll get to see guys who haven’t played in a while. The “Free Charlie Davies” bandwagon grows louder every day, and those of you on it may get your day in the sun. While the “Free Jay Simpson” or “Free Ken Tribbett” bandwagons might not be quite as crowded, those of you on them may get your day as well. The Union have an absolutely nightmarish schedule coming up where they play four games in ten days, three of which are on the road (against the Montreal Impact, Columbus Crew, and New England Revolution), so they’re going to need to get these guys some live minutes before needing to rotate some of them in with the regular first team to keep people fresh.

The Gold Cup is terrible. Seriously have you watched any of it?

It’s not Crystal Palace again. It is however another EPL team that doesn’t have much of a following here in the US (or in anywhere but Wales for that matter) so they’re pretty benign. People don’t seem to have the strong opinion (hatred) of them like say the Manchester clubs.

Have another reason to watch? Let us know in the comments section below!