The Philadelphia Union (12-12-4, 40 Pts, 5th Place Eastern Conference) have a tough mid-week road trip against a tough team to face anywhere, the Seattle Sounders (13-9-5, 44 Pts, 5th Place Western Conference).
Union/Sounders Series History:
The teams have faced each other 10 times, splitting down the middle 4-4-2. The Union clean sheeted Seattle at home 2-Nil, back on 10/1/17. In the unfriendly confines of Century Link Field, the advantage is 4-1 Seattle.
Last Time Out:
One factor that adds to the toughness, is coming off an embarrassing 4-1 loss at home to Montreal Impact, which broke a five league game unbeaten streak. The Sounders, on the other hand, had a 2-1 road win at Vancouver Whitecaps, to extend a W streak to 9.
One reason the Sounders have the long streak is the work of their G Stefan Frei. He has not surrendered more than a single G since 6/13, with 6 SOs in 2018.
On offense, MF Nicolás Lodeiro is the man to mark. He leads the team with 7G, two of them GWG, and 9A, four of them on GWG.
The Union made some news off the field this week announcing the signing of Polish Striker Kacper Przybylko. Przybylko, 25, 6’4″, 194 Lbs, had his best year in the 2015-16 season, his first at German second division Kaiserslautern, 7G, and 1A in 30 games. The season before on another second division club, Greuther Fürth he had 5G 4A in 32 games.
He has been here training for a while and likes what he sees. “There’s big quality in this team,” he said. “They try to play football, not only long ball.”
He is available for insertion the rest of the season, and could be an interesting late sub against a tired team.
My heart wants to say that the U will bounce back and break the long Seattle streak with a draw at least. My head says the cross country road trip – remember MLS long distance travel is not always beer and skittles – and the short week, for a non-conference game, tells me, though it may be close, I have to go with Seattle 2-1.