Put the kids to bed and grab some coffee because the Philadelphia Union will once again have another late kickoff. This time the 10:30 p.m. start isn’t because of the time zone. The late game will also be a first for the U, as they line up against the leagues newest expansion team Inter Miami. Yes, the long-awaited David Beckham expansion team is finally playing in the league and is once again dealing with another setback, the pandemic.
The boys in blue come into Tuesday’s matchup with three points after captain Alejandro Bedoya’s goal and Andre Blake’s heroics gave them a 1-0 lead over NYCFC. Last Thursday’s breakfast game was also the U’s first win of the season. Under normal conditions, we would be four months into the season and closely watching every win, loss or draw. However, because of Covid-19 and all the health guidelines the last game was just the Union’s third league game.
Those three points do help in the long run; remember the World Cup style tournament the U are playing in does matter. There isn’t just the prize of winning the tournament that is serving as a restart for the league. It is also affecting the conference table. So those three points the Union earned gives them a total of 4 overall.
On the other side of the field, the U will face a team that needs some momentum. Dating back to the start of the season, Inter Miami has lost three straight. The squad features Luis Robles, who left the Red Bulls this past off season. Union fans will also see Juan Agudelo on the field, as he tried to push his team to the clubs first franchise points. Another name on Miami’s roster we probably won’s see is a guy Union fans know all about, former Union goalkeeper and Philadelphia native, John McCarthy.
The Union should be getting Sergio Santos back at least off the bench after he missed the opener with an injury. He returned to training over the weekend. Michee Ngalina and Andrew Wooten are also still questionable.
How to watch
Where: ESPN Wide World of Sports, Orlando, Florida
When: 10:30 p.m., Tuesday July 14th
TV: TUDN, fuboTV*
Streaming: Twitter (English commentary), TUDN App
Radio: Fox Sports The Gambler 1480 AM and 105.3 HD2
Audio Streaming: IHeart Radio App, Fox Sports The Gambler
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