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Union vs Real Salt Lake: Preview, projected lineup and how to watch

The boys in blue return home for Military Appreciation Night searching for a first-ever win over Real Salt Lake

MLS: Philadelphia Union at Real Salt Lake Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

After winning their first game on the road in a year, the Philadelphia Union return home hoping to avoid becoming Real Salt Lake’s first road victim this season on Military Appreciation Night at Talen Energy Stadium.

RSL has lost just one at home in five games this season but dropped points in all five games away from Rio Tinto Stadium, including four straight losses.

The Union are 2-1-2 at Talen Energy Stadium and coming off a 3-2 win over D.C. United their last game in Chester. But the Union have also never beaten RSL (4-0-6) in 10 meetings.

While RSL is expected to start a rookie (Corey Baird) who won a college national championship his last time in Chester up top, the Union might be a little thin at striker.

After scoring his first MLS goal in his first start in Montreal last weekend, Cory Burke will be out for a red card suspension today (he did have a couple assists in a win for Steel FC on Wednesday) and CJ Sapong is still questionable with an injury.

This leaves either Fafa Picault or the team’s fourth highest paid player, Jay Simpson, as possible options for head coach Jim Curtin, who is seeking to win back-to-back games for the first time this season and the first time since they beat New England Revolution and D.C. United back to back weeks (both at home) in late June/early July.

Projected Lineups

Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake, Keegan Rosenberry, Mark McKenzie, Auston Trusty, Fabinho, Alejandro Bedoya, Haris Medunjanin, Ilsinho, Borek Dockal, David Accam, Fafa Picault

Real Salt Lake (via our friends at RSL Soapbox): Nick Rimando, Brooks Lennon, Justen Glad, Nick Besler, Pablo Ruiz, Kyle Beckerman, Damir Kreilach, Jefferson Savarino, Albert Rusnak, Joao Plata, Corey Baird

How to Watch

Where: Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, Pa.

When: 7:30 p.m. EDT, May 19, 2018


Streaming: ESPN+