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Game Thread: Philadelphia Union 1 Orlando City 2, Full Time

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90′ +8 Full Time whistle blows; the Union’s home winning streak is no more.

90′ +1 Perea with a chance on a slipped cross from Wagner but it’s right at Stajduhar.

89′ Torres crosses it to the head of Real but his attempt goes wide.

89′ Wagner goes in the book as does Torres.

87′ Bendik with a huge save to deny Orlando.

75′ Stajduhar with a huge save to deny Bedoya’s headed attempt off a cross from Wagner.

74′ Wagner with a volley at the back off a ball from Glesnes but it’s over the bar.

72′ Jesus Bueno, Nathan Harriel and Matt Real on for Olivier Mbaizo, Leon Flach and Mikael Uhre.

70′ Perea draws a foul 35 yards out.

64′ Glesnes with a shot from distance that causes some trouble but the Union aren’t able to do anything with the rebound.

61′ That was close to a third for Orlando. Angulo beat Mbaizo in a foot race but his shot misses the far post.

46′ Union with a good chance early, another save by Stajduhar on a Torres header.

Halftime

44′ Perea draws a foul in the D. Another free kick from a dangerous spot for the U. Elliott played it to the left to Perea but Orlando did well to defend and Perea’s shot goes out for a goal kick.

37′ Handball outside the box on Orlando whistled, yellow shown for dissent to Angulo. Elliott with a great strike but it’s tipped over the bar by Mason Stajduhar.

21’ Glesnes with a free kick but it goes into the stands.

20′ Orlando City’s Felipe goes in the book. First card from Chapman of the night.

17′ Union pull one back. Perea scores against his former team after cleaning up his own rebounded header off the post.

9′ Ivan Angulo makes it 2-0 Orlando just like that. The Union back line is being torn to shreds right now.

2′ Just like that a ball played in behind and Orlando scores. Martín Ojeda with the stunning opening goal. Timed his run perfectly straight through the heart of the defense. Assisted by Mauricio Pereyra.

1′ We’re underway. Orlando City attacking toward the River End in white. Union wearing their home blues.

Starting Lineups

The Pride of Paoli Chris “Dono” Donovan gets the start up top with Mikael Uhre. Leon Flach slides into the six with El Brujo’s absence, Joaquin Torres into Gazdag’s No. 10 spot and Andres Perea into the spot where Flach would normally be. The bench is short with just four field players so we could see a Jeremy Rafanello MLS debut tonight.

The other guys

 

The Philadelphia Union return home today after a disappointing loss in Montreal to host Orlando City in an international break game where players will be missing from both lineups.

Availability Report

Philadelphia Union
OUT: Andre Blake (Adductor strain)
SUSPENSION: Julian Carranza
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: Jose Martinez (Venezuela), Daniel Gazdag (Hungary), Damion Lowe (Jamaica), Richard Odada (Kenya), Jack McGlynn (United States U-20s), Quinn Sullivan (United States U-20s), Brandan Craig (United States U-20s)

Orlando City
QUESTIONABLE: Ercan Kara (Right Thigh)
OUT:
None
SUSPENSION:
None
INTERNATIONAL DUTY:
Wilder Cartagena (Peru), Pedro Gallese (Peru), Facundo Torres (Uruguay), Mikey Halliday (United States U-20s), Thomas Williams (United States U-20s), Alex Freeman (United States U-19s), Favian Loyola (United States U-19s)

Notes

VS ORLANDO
The Union enter Saturday’s match vs. Orlando City SC with a 7-4-5
record vs. the club. Last time out, the Union recorded four different goal scorers in a 5-1 win at home over Orlando. After Orlando registered an own goal in the 39th minute, Mikael Uhre (43’), Daniel Gazdag (55’ PK), Alejandro Bedoya (63’) and Jack Elliott (87’) all found the scoresheet. Defender Kai Wagner recorded two assists in the match. The Union have won each of their last two home games vs. Orlando, boasting an 8-2 goal differential in those matches. The Union are also undefeated in their last five home matches against Orlando, dating back to 2018.

HOME STREAKS
The Union are currently on a 24 game home unbeaten streak (regular
season), dating back to September 19, 2021 and have won 13 straight home matches (including playoffs). Their regular season win streak is one win away from the MLS record of 12 straight set by San Jose in 2001-02. San Jose won 14 straight when counting playoff games in 2001 en route to an MLS Cup title. 

How to Watch

Where: Subaru Park, Chester Pa.
Time: Kickoff, 7:39 p.m.
Live Stream: MLS Season Pass on Apple TV (free)
English Broadcast: Steve Cangilosi, Danny Higginbotham
Spanish Broadcast: Sammy Sandovnik, Eduardo Biscayart
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic (Jonathan Yardley and Lisa Roman)
How to listen to home radio broadcast on MLS Season Pass

Officials

Referee: Allan Chapman
Assistant Referees: Brian Dunn, Justin Howard
Fourth Official: Luis Arroyo

VAR: Alejandro Mariscal

 

Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for TheCup.us, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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