They visit Audi Field in the nation’s capital to take on D.C. United in the first of at least three meetings between the Eastern Conference rivals this season.
D.C. are three-time winners of the cup, having last won the title in 2013 when they finished last place in the conference. The Union lost to D.C. in the fourth round of the competition that year 3-1 at Maryland SoccerPlex after kicking off the tournament with a 2-1 win over Ocean City Nor’easters at home.
This will be the fifth meeting between the teams in the Open Cup. The Union won 2-1 at home in the Round of 16 in 2015, lost the game in 2013, won 2-1 in extra time at the SoccerPlex in 2012 and lost in a PK shootout in the same venue in 2011.
The Union will be without Andre Blake, Marco Fabian (injury), Warren Creavalle (injured while away on international duty), Brenden Aaronson (United States U23s), Auston Trusty (United States U23s) and can only play five internationals. To cover they signed four Bethlehem Steel FC contracted players to short-term loans.
D.C. will be missing the services of Chris Durkin (red card in their last Open Cup game), Paul Arriola (USMNT) and Lancaster, Pa. native Russell Canouse is questionable.
Projected Starting Lineups
Philadelphia Union (4-2-3-1): Matt Freese; Ray Gaddis, Mark McKenzie, Aurelien Collin, Fabinho; Alejandro Bedoya, Haris Medunjanin, Ilsinho, Jamiro Monteiro, Fafa Picault; Kacper Przybylko
Bench: Carlos Miguel Coronel, Sergio Santos, Anthony Fontana, Matt Real, Issa Rayyan, Ben Ofeimu, Zach Zandi
D.C. United (4-2-3-1) via Black and Red United: Bill Hamid; Leonardo Jara, Frederic Brillant, Steven Birnbaum, Chris Odoi-Atsem; Russell Canouse, Chris McCann; Ulises Segura, Luciano Acosta, Lucas Rodriguez; Wayne Rooney
Bench: Chris Seitz, Jalen Robinson, Akeem Ward, Antonio Bustamante, Zoltan Stieber, Griffin Yow, Quincy Amarikwa
How to Watch
Where: Audi Field, Washington D.C.
When: 7 p.m. ET, Wednesday, June 12, 2019
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