The Philadelphia Union (6-3-5, 1st place Eastern Conference) look to continue a club-record eight-game undefeated streak in league play as they head up the road to Yankee Stadium to face NYCFC (4-5-6, 4th place).
The U’s last MLS game was a 3-2 win against Columbus Crew at home. NYCFC are winless in their last four overall, following a 3-2 loss to Real Salt Lake in their last MLS match. They have met 4 times w/ NYCFC 1 win, 4 goals, the Union 2 wins, 6 goals and 1 draw. The Union won their last meeting at home back on 4/23, 2-0 as Chris Pontius and C.J. Sapong both scored in the 1st half and Andre Blake got his 2nd clean sheet of the season.
NYCFC FW David Villa has 10 goals on the season after scoring for a second consecutive match and heads up the MLS Golden Boot standings. Villa also added an assist last match, his first assist of the season. Villa, MF Frederico Bravo, and NYCFC GK Josh Saunders are all close to suspensions for yellow card accumulation. There are no warnings for the Union.
CJ Sapong is day-to-day with an ankle sprain and may not be available. In addition, the Union have lost Vincent Nogueira; the club and player agreed to mutually terminate his contract so he can travel back to France to be with family and deal with some personal health issues. This is a huge blow to a Union team who relied on Vincent to be the engine of the offense, shuttling the ball up to the front line from the back.
Probable Starting XI:
For the Union: 1 Andre Blake (GK) ) 4 Ken Tribbett (DF) 12 Keegan Rosenberry (DF) 16 Richie Marquez (DF) 33 Fabinho(DF) 2 Warren Creavalle (MF) 7 Brian Carroll (MF) 10 Tranquillo Barnetta (MF) 13 Chris Pontius (MF) 11 Fabian Herbers (FW) 9 Sebastien Le Toux (MF)
Fearless Prediction: I see no reason the Union cannot win this easily – not that they usually do easy – 3-1 w/ Sebastian Le Toux getting the insurance goal late.