The Union will meet New York City FC for the first time this season on Saturday night.
NYCFC are under new management, with Patrick Vieira now in charge of OGC Nice in Ligue 1. Pep Guardiola acolyte Domè Torrent was appointed on June 11th, and the Bronx side has since gone 6-2-1. Their most recent victory came at Toronto FC last Sunday. Despite Jozy Altidore’s 11th minute sending off, NYCFC still required a late goal from Ismael Tajouri-Shradi to grab all three points.
The Blues’ only losses under Torrent have come on the road, where they’ve looked much more human than they have at home (they’re still undefeated at Yankee Stadium in 2018). While the Union actually have a fighting chance with NYCFC coming down to Talen Energy Stadium, the home side have struggled in Chester as of late, dropping three of their last four at home.
The Union are still a bit shorthanded, with Fafa Picault suspended and Mark McKenzie questionable due to a knee sprain. Ilsinho is back, though, and he looks “very sharp,” Jim Curtin said during his mid-week press conference.
Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Keegan Rosenberry, Jack Elliott, Auston Trusty, Ray Gaddis; Alejandro Bedoya, Haris Medunjanin; CJ Sapong, Borek Dočkal, David Accam; Cory Burke
New York City FC: Sean Johnson; Anton Tinnerholm, Maxime Chanot, Alex Callens, Ronald Matarrita; Maxi Moralez, Alex Ring, Ebenezer Ofori; Rodney Wallace, David Villa, Jo Inge Berget
How to watch
Where: Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, Pa.
When: 7:00 PM EST, Saturday, August 18
TV: PHL 17
Radio: Union Radio