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Game Thread: Philadelphia Union 2 Orlando City 2 full time

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Marco Fabián has the Union in front with their earliest goal of the season

MLS: Orlando City SC at Philadelphia Union Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

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The Union finish with four points out of six from the two-game series with Orlando this week. Disappointing to not get three points with how well the Union played for much of the game, but the team shows plenty of fight again to get back into it and were a Brian Rowe save away from taking all three points.

90’ + 3’ Brian Rowe stops Kacper from point blank range on what would have been a winner for the Union

90’ Matt Real checks into the game and sets up Kacper for the equalizer after some good combination play with Fontana, who is credited with a secondary assist on the play. That’s Kacper’s fifth goal in four games.

81’ Santiago Patiño checks in for Dwyer and scores a goal seconds later off a ball spilled by Blake to put Orlando up 2-1. This is a nightmare.

78’ Anthony Fontana into the game for Aaronson. One sub left.

67’ There it is, the equalizer for the Lions. Nani doesn’t wait long to inject his influence setting up Dwyer for the equalizer off a free kick that was set up by a questionable foul.

67’ Sergio Santos in for Marco. Good to see Marco get an early goal and play 67 minutes. Santos has 23 minutes to try and get a goal and seal a win for the U.

64’ And Nani is into the game for the visitors. The Union really need a second goal.

60’ Dwyer with a shot that misses just wide. As dominate as the Union have been, one piece of skill is all Orlando is from tying this up.

With stats like this, the Union should be up more than 1-0

57’ Another save for Rowe on a shot from Fafa set up by Kacper. He has four saves on the day. Blake has just the one he made early.

Halftime. Union right where they need to be to collect another three points and sweep the season series with Orlando

35’ Kacper with a chance off a corner but Rowe does well to save it and keep it a 1-0 lead for the U

7’ Blake with a stop to deny Dom Dwyer.

4’ That didn’t take long. Marco Fabian with his third of the season heading along an assist from Fafa Picault.

The Union will take the field (hopefully) at last against Orlando City on one of the busiest soccer days of the year at 4:30 p.m. today in Chester after last night’s game was postponed because of inclement weather.

Expect the teams to field basically the same lineups as they were planning to last night with the possibility that someone may have woken up under the weather this morning.

The U.S. has already won the Women’s World Cup and the men will play in the Gold Cup final at 9 p.m. Let’s hope the first place Union pick up three more points and a season sweep of the Lions.

Injuries/Absences

Philadelphia Union
OUT: Warren Creavalle (M) - right foot fracture
OUT: Olivier Mbaizo (D) - left knee meniscus/LCL sprain
OUT: Jamiro Monteiro (M) - left ankle sprai
QUESTIONABLE: Ilsinho (M) - left adductor strain
QUESTIONABLE: Carlos Miguel Coronel (GK) - right adductor strain
QUESTIONABLE: Michee Ngalina (F) - lower body injury
Suspended: None
Suspended after next caution: Jack Elliott (D), Alejandro Bedoya (M), Kei Wagner (D)
International duty: None

Orlando City
OUT: Cristian Higuita (M) - hamstring injury
QUESTIONABLE: Joao Moutinho (D) - quad injury
Suspended: Robin Jansson (D), Sacha Kljestan (M)
Suspended after next caution: Robin Jansson (D)
International duty: None

Officials

Referee: Robert Sibiga
Assistant Referees: Nick Uranga, Adam Garner
Fourth Official: Fotis Bazakos
VAR: Tim Ford

How to watch

Where: Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, Pennsylvania
When: 4:30 p.m. ET, Sunday, July 7, 2019
TV: PHL17
Streaming: ESPN+ (blackout restrictions apply)
Radio: Union Radio

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