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Looking to close the gap with their hosts to a single point, with a game still in hand, DC United travel to know Philadelphia Union at Subaru Park on Saturday.
While United beat Toronto 7-1 last time out, the Union have drifted away from the top of the MLS Eastern Conference rankings after a streak of just two points in three games.
Brazilian forward Sergio santos he was the hero last week, when he led a late 10-man draw for Philadelphia to win a 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena.
Even after the substitute goalkeeper Matt freese was sent off for denying a scoring opportunity, the 2020 Supporters’ Shield winners saved a point, having played the final 30 minutes to one less player.
Though now they haven’t had a taste of victory since last month, about four games ago, Philadelphia previously emerged on top in their last three home games, keeping a clean sheet each time – the first time they’ve accomplished such a feat since 2017. .
Jim CurtinThe team still sits on the shoulder of the leading East teams, New England Revolution and Orlando City, and will hope that the combination of home-court advantage and recent supremacy over their last few opponents will result in a valuable victory, which would keep them on track. mixing near the top of the table.
The Union is undefeated in nine consecutive games against DC United, eight of which they have won, since the start of the 2017 season.
Polish target man Kacper Przybylko He also particularly enjoys taking on the capital club, as the former Bundesliga forward has scored five goals in the same number of games against United, including the winning goal when the two teams last met in May.
Rebounding directly from a last gasp loss to New York City, which ended a three-game unbeaten streak late last month, DC United posted a sixth straight league loss to Toronto at Audi Field the last. time, and in spectacular fashion. Fashion.
With seven different names filling the roster, the Washington-based team won 7-1 – the most goals recorded in a game in their quarter-century club history. The six-goal margin was also the largest in their record books, as they closed in on the top seven most important.
The Blacks and Reds remain out of the playoff spots in the finely balanced Eastern Conference standings, so a point or three can go a long way toward maintaining control on the higher sides.
After finishing the 2020 season in 13th place, expectations were relatively low for one of the original MLS franchises this period. The proactive approach favored by the head coach Hernan Losada He may be ready to pay off, though, as 12 goals in his last five league games indicate they can pose a threat to any team in the division.
Confidence was further built in the middle of the week, when United defeated El Salvador’s Primera División Alianza FC in a friendly, leaving Pennsylvania with genuine aspirations to return home with maximum points.
Union backup goalkeeper Matt Freese effectively turned down his chance to impress Jim Curtin while he was a regular starter. Andre blake is in the Gold Cup with Jamaica, having been sent off and subsequently suspended for Saturday’s game. Therefore, Joe bendik He is more likely to take his place, after entering as a substitute in New Jersey.
Blake aside, Philadelphia will be left without top scorer Cory Burke and defender Alvas Powell, who also represents Jamaica this month, while the midfielder Jack de Vries has yet to return from an injury sustained in April and Ilsinho he’s still struggling with a groin injury.
Up front, Sergio Santos will hope his goal against the Red Bulls is enough to win the national team alongside Kacper Przybylko, who has failed to score in his last four outings.
DC, meanwhile, has been nurturing teen talent. Kevin Paredes , who has adapted well as a left back during his second senior season, and coach Hernán Losada will once again rely on him in the usual 3-4-3 away setup after the Virginia native recently scored his first goal. . MLS goal in his fourth start in the last five games.
Having beaten Alianza FC of El Salvador 1-0 on Wednesday, when Losada fielded a mix-and-match team comprised of veterans, fringe players and rising stars of Loudoun United FC (the club’s USL championship team). ), United will once again be a more familiar start. XI this weekend.
Bill Hamid should replace Chris seitz in goal, with Hassan Pinto and Yordy reyna among several others willing to abandon for the Black and the Red. Defender Chris Odoi-Atsem he returned from an abdominal injury midweek and could possibly present himself from the bench.
Top scorer Wave kamara could lead the line after recording another goal in Toronto’s seven-goal takedown a fortnight ago, but he has competition from Nigel Robertha.
Possible starting lineup for the Philadelphia Union:
Bendik; Wagner, Elliot, Glesnes, Collin; Martinez, Flach, Sullivan; Monteiro; Przybylko, Santos
Possible starting DC United lineup:
Hamid; Pines, brilliant, Hines-Ike; Mora, Canouse, Gressel, Paredes; Asad, Kamara, Arriola
Correct Score: Philadelphia Union 2-1 DC United
The Union’s dominance over their Washington counterparts will continue on Saturday as they have generally made the most of their home advantage this year and surely not four games will go without a win.
While DC may have attacked deeply flawed opponents last time in the league, Philadelphia will provide a much more unwieldy proposition for its three-man defense.
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