Match Preview: Union versus Vancouver Whitecaps, Saturday June 23rd at 5 PM

Fresh off of their Open Cup win against the Red Bulls, the Union will attempt to keep the momentum going against the visiting Whitecaps.

On Saturday, June 23rd, the Union (5-3-7, 18 pts, 8th in East) will face the Vancouver Whitecaps (6-5-5, 23 pts, 4th in West) in Chester in their first and only meeting this year. Vancouver is on a six game points streak, having won two and drawn four since May 11th. Most recently, they defeated Orlando City 5-2 partly on the strength of a Kei Kamara brace. It’s certain the Union don’t rue the lethal Kamara being in the West, as they will only have to keep an eye on him once this year instead of the usual two matches. Meanwhile, the Union lost their last league match to Toronto FC, but have since advanced in the Open Cup against the Red Bulls.

Last year, the Union and Whitecaps battled to a scoreless draw in Vancouver in early March.

The U will be missing one of the main weapons who helped them defeat the Red Bulls, as midfielder and goal-scorer Haris Medunjanin will serve two additional games in a suspension due to his outburst and subsequent ejection in Atlanta. Those games will be tomorrow and on the Union’s first-ever trip to face LAFC. With Medunjanin out of the lineup again, expect a Warren Creavalle sighting at the 6. I’d also be surprised not to see Cory Burke start up front or at least come on late.

Tomorrow promises to be an emotional day as Union legend Sebastien Le Toux will become the first entry into the Union’s Ring of Honor at halftime. Le Toux owns nearly all of the U’s offensive records, and no one deserves the honor more.

One more note: Jack Elliott will be suspended for a match after two more yellow cards.

Vancouver is a quality team, but the Union need to start winning matches at home. Taking one point at home does not equal a playoff trip. Do I think a draw is coming? Yes, yes I do.

Union 1, Vancouver Whitecaps 1

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