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Community Corner: Picking a Philadelphia Union Starting XI

Union head coach Jim Curtin has eight players unavailable for selection for Friday’s game

Matt Ralph

With seven players away on international duty and an eighth regular serving a one-game yellow card accumulation suspension, the Philadelphia Union will be fielding somewhat of a makeshift lineup when they host the New England Revolution on Friday night.

Andre Blake, Cory Burke and Alvas Powell are with Jamaica, Daniel Gazdag with Hungary, Jose Martinez with Venezuela, Jamiro Monteiro with Cape Verde and Olivier Mbaizo with Cameroon. Jack Elliott will miss his first game of the season with the yellow card suspension.

Of the 21 20 players left on the roster (Jack de Vries and Matej Oravec are both out on loan, Jesus Bueno has not yet arrived and Ilsinho is listed as out on the injury report), five have not played a single minute this season, including recent loan signing Davo, Cole Turner, Greg Ranjitsingh, Brandan Craig and Nathan Harriel. Six players have logged 1,000 minutes or more in the group, including Jakob Glesnes, Kai Wagner, Alejandro Bedoya, Leon Flach, Kacper Przybylko and Sergio Santos, who missed the last game with a hamstring injury. Santos and Bedoya are both listed as questionable for the match.

Friday’s game was scheduled during the international break because it had to be moved to make room for the second leg of the Concacaf Champions League on September 15 so despite being for a good reason it will be a less than ideal scenario to play the Supporters’ Shield leaders. The Revs will be without Union killer Tajon Buchanan, star goalkeeper Matt Turner and forward Adam Buksa.

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