On Saturday night the Union are set to face the Colorado Rapids at Subaru Park at 7:30 p.m. in front of an expected sold-out crowd and some rowdy Sons of Ben fans in the River End.  The Union are on the heels of a thunderous 6-0 win over D.C. United which was highlighted by Juliana Carranza’s herculean performance and hat trick that earned him MLS Player of the Week honors. The team will look to keep the momentum going as they return home following a 2 game road trip.

Philadelphia currently sits in first place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 14-4-9 with 51 points and a goal differential of +31, the best margin in MLS. The squad has scored 51 goals this season and only allowed 20 goals, the least amount allowed in the entire league. The scoring tandem of Carranza, Mikael Uhre, and Daniel Gazdag has been lethal as the goals keep piling up. Gazdag leads the group with 13 goals, Carranza notched 12 goals, and Uhre has tallied nine this season. Kai Wagner leads with the most assists on the team with 11 but Gazdag is right behind with eight.

Their opponent on Saturday, the Colorado Rapids, are in 11th place in the West with a mark of 8-10-8 with 32 points and a goal differential of -3. The Rapids have only recorded 37 goals this year while they have allowed 40, double the Union’s total. Forward Diego Rubio leads the team in goals with 12 in 23 games played while Gyasi Zardes is right behind him with 7 goals on the season. Forward Michael Barrios are tied for the most assists on the team with six each.

The Union should handle business at home with the momentum that they are riding and the incentivization to keep collecting shutouts and Andre Blake tallying more clean sheets. The offense is firing on all cylinders, the midfield is connecting passes through their undeniable chemistry, and the back line is a dominant force to be reckoned with on a game-by-game basis.

After Philadelphia 76ers guard Tyrese Maxey shouted out the Union while appearing on the NBC Sports Philadelphia broadcast of the Philadelphia Phillies game, the Union invited the young basketball star down to the game on Saturday night. Based on Maxey’s response below, I wouldn’t be surprised if he bangs the Union drum pregame and stands with the Sons of Ben for this weekend’s highly anticipated match.

With my schedule aligning perfectly along with the fact that I am back in the city, I will finally be in attendance for my first Philadelphia Union game this season, sitting in section 130. I am pumped to see the Boys in Blue keep this train rolling and hopefully secure another positive result in what has been a thrilling and exciting season!


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