At the moment, the Philadelphia Union sit in first place as they hope to hoist the Supporters’ Shield at the end of the regular season.
With only three matches remaining on the schedule Philadelphia must finish strong.
Over the course of the season, it has been a neck-and-neck race between LAFC (Los Angeles Football Club) and the Philadelphia Union.
Philadelphia has 63 points, but LAFC is not too far behind with 60 points.
Undoubtedly, LAFC has a more difficult schedule ahead compared to Philadelphia, but no Union player should overlook their upcoming opponents.
The Union schedule is as follows: @ Atlanta United, @ Charlotte FC, vs. Toronto FC.
On paper this should be three victories for Philadelphia, but you can never underestimate other clubs (especially when they have the chance to ruin another team’s aspiration).
Although these clubs have not been very successful this season, they all share one main theme: determination.
One of the toughest games remaining is versus Atlanta United; the last time Philadelphia faced off against Atlanta the Union won 4-1.
It could clearly be seen that Philadelphia was the better team, but things might be slightly different this time around.
Atlanta benefits from this match as they are well-experienced and have home-field advantage.
Additionally, they don’t want the same outcome as last time.
On the other hand, LAFC is set to face off against Minnesota United FC, Houston Dynamo, Portland Timbers, and Nashville SC.
This is a huge sigh of relief for Philadelphia because three of these four teams are playoff contenders.
In order to clinch the award, the Union must finish one point ahead of LAFC.
It will be a challenge for Philadelphia, but they are more than capable of finishing as the best squad in MLS.
The most important factor is to not slow down.
The Union have fought hard all season and now they must capitalize on winning crucial matches that are a make or break for the top seed.
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