Having knocked off D.C. United and Atlanta United, the Union have thus far impressed in what has been their toughest homestand of the season. Now league-leaders Los Angeles FC are in town, and there’s no room for error as the Union fight for the top spot in the East.
The Union have won four of their last five, but they still sit three points behind New York City FC, the only team that’s been better as of late. With five games remaining and only two of them at home—the other being NYCFC on Decision Day—the Union need three points tonight to remain in striking distance of NYCFC.
LAFC has already clinched the top spot in the West, and they can secure the Supporters’ Shield tonight with a win and an NYCFC loss. Their hopes are sure to be boosted by the expected return of Carlos Vela, who hasn’t played since suffering a hamstring injury in El Tráfico three weeks ago. The Mexican winger is in the midst of the best MLS season ever, having recorded an absurd 27 goals and 15 assists over 26 games.
With Alejandro Bedoya returning from suspension, the Union are at full strength for this one. Jim Curtin has called tonight’s gameday roster the hardest he’s ever had to pick, and you can see why. The back line is seemingly nailed, with Mark McKenzie having claimed his spot alongside Jack Elliott. Bedoya, Haris Medunjanin, and Jamiro Monteiro are fixtures in the midfield, and Kacper Przybyłko has started in every game since late April. That means that Curtin has to select two of Marco Fabián, Brenden Aaronson, Ilsinho, Fafa Picault, Andrew Wooten, and Sergio Santos to complete the XI. There are certainly worse dilemmas to have.
Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Ray Gaddis, Jack Elliott, Mark McKenzie, Kai Wagner; Haris Medunjanin; Alejandro Bedoya, Brenden Aaronson; Jamiro Monteiro; Kacper Przybyłko, Marco Fabián
LAFC: Tyler Miller; Steven Beitashour, Walker Zimmerman, Eddie Segura, Jordan Harvey; Mark-Anthony Kaye, Eduard Atuesta, Latif Blessing; Carlos Vela, Adama Diomande, Diego Rossi
How to watch
Where: Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, PA
When: 7:30 PM ET, Saturday, September 14, 2019
Streaming: ESPN+, FuboTV (affiliate link).*
Radio: Union Radio
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