Philadelphia Union News
Takeaways: Union looking to make their mark
Ahead of Sunday’s match against the Montreal Impact, Philadelphia Union Head Coach Jim Curtin addressed the media about the upcoming busy stretch. Here are a few of the key takeaways from the presser.
Brenden Aaronson played four positions in the Union’s win over FC Cincinnati
He ended the night with 43 touches and a season-high five chances created, plus two shots, three dribbles past opponents, four tackles, one interception, one clearance, and 19-of-23 passing.
Strength of Schedule Rankings update: NYCFC & RBNY with most difficult, Minnesota, Orlando, and Vancouver with least difficult
First, New York City FC lost playmaker Maxi Moralez for several games due to a serious knee injury, then Heber was lost for the season with an ACL injury and Alexandru Mitrita was loaned out to a Saudi Arabian club. Now, Ronny Deila’s squad will try to navigate an Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs berth with the toughest remaining schedule in the league.
Independiente Medellín announce defender Jesús David Murillo headed to LAFC
The 26-year-old is currently second captain at DIM, which perhaps not coincidentally is the same club Eduard Atuesta played at before arriving at LAFC. Murillo is capable of playing as right back or center back — also not coincidentally, the two biggest positions of need for LAFC — and he’s played over 200 games for three different clubs in his career in his native Colombia.
Toronto FC Jozy Altidore to miss 4 to 5 weeks with a Grade 2 hamstring injury
That’s particularly concerning with the MLS Cup Playoffs right around the corner. The postseason is scheduled to begin on November 20 meaning Altidore has about six weeks to not only get healthy, but return to match fitness (let alone form).