The Philadelphia Union (12-11-3, 39 Pts, Fifth Place Eastern Conference) look to extend their W streak to five, four of those MLS wins, when they travel to Orlando City SC (7-16-2, 23 Pts, Last Place). A win here, and three of those would be road victories. It could also with a loss or tie by Columbus Crew to NYFC starting a half hour later than this one, vault them into fourth place over Columbus.
Union/Orlando Series History:
The series is knotted at 3W, 2D each. The Union have scored three more goals than City. The U has not won in two tries in Orlando, both draws.
The last meeting was a 2-0 W for Orlando back on 4/14/18 when the future for these teams this season was reversed from now.
Last Time Out:
As noted above Philly is coming off their third straight MLS W – all of them clean sheets – a 2-0 W at DC United just this past Wednesday.
Orlando suffered a 2-1 L to Atlanta United FC at home. They last played on Friday so they have the rest advantage.
The obvious man to watch is F Dom Dwyer who far and away leads his team in goals with 11, four of them GWG. City will also be getting two good players back from suspensions, MFs Yoshi Yotun (3G, 9A) and Cristian Higuita (4G).
Borek Dockal has been an assist machine this season. He only needs two more to tie Cristian Maidana for the franchise high. In MLS he is in second place, one behind Kaku’s 14.
Jack Elliott may be sitting this one out, or used as a late sub, as he will be suspended with another yellow.
Coach Jim Curtin was not holding back in his praise of the club this week:
“I love each and every one of them. The effort that they’re given. There’s something special going on with this group. Player one through 30 has been pushing things along the right way.”
He may need all 30 of them on this short week, while Orlando is well rested.
Against a poor team that may be rejuvenated by the returning players, this may just be a game set up for a Union L.
I will stay on the Posidelphian side, and go with a 1-1 draw, which under the circumstances, I will be satisfied with, unless it is one of those stoppage time losses of a W.