The long-awaited playoff match is almost here for the Philadelphia Union.

 

On Thursday, October 20th, the Union host FC Cincinnati at Subaru Park in the Eastern Conference Semifinal matchup.

 

Despite not having a game in 11 days Philadelphia is looking to pick up right where they left off.

 

Philadelphia’s final regular season match resulted in a 4-0 victory against Toronto FC.

 

However, the previous times Philadelphia faced off against Cincinnati this season has not had similar outcomes.

 

Dating back to their first matchup this season on June 18th, the two sides finished with a 1-1 draw at Subaru Park.

 

The squads met again on August 6th at TQL Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati FC took advantage of home-field advantage and defeated Philadelphia Union 3-1.

 

Clearly, the Union were not able to capitalize during the regular season, but Philadelphia fans should not be too nervous although they have not defeated Cincinnati this season.

 

Recently, the 2022 MLS Awards Finalists were revealed, and it demonstrated how many weapons the Union’s lineup consists of.

 

First and foremost, Philadelphia Union has been managed by Jim Curtin since 2014.

 

Curtin has certainly played a large role in changing the culture of his hometown team, and the past few years have resulted in far more success for the club.

 

This season, Curtin is one of the top contenders for Sigi Schmid Coach of the Year.

 

Furthermore, the Union are led by star goalkeeper, Andre Blake.

 

Blake is in the running for Landon Donovan MLS MVP & Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year.

 

At the conclusion of the regular season, he finished with 14 clean sheets which tied for first place.

 

While on the topic of defense, Union defenders Jakob Glesnes & Kai Wagner are also in contention for MLS Defender of the Year.

 

How could I forget to mention MLS snubbing Daniel Gazdag in the MVP race?

 

In 33 starts this season Gazdag netted 19 goals and 6 assists, yet he was not listed amongst the five players nominated for MVP.

 

Needless to say, the Union have valuable assets across the pitch.

 

Considering Philly has yet to lose at home this season, the challenge will be on them to complete the task and bring the 2022 MLS Cup trophy home.

 

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