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MLS Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Colorado Rapids

MLS Match Preview Philadelphia Union vs. Colorado Rapids

Photo Courtesy of Philadelphia Union Twitter / @PhilaUnion

Philadelphia Union vs. Colorado Rapids

7:00 p.m. EDT; PPL Park; Chester, PA

Philadelphia Union: 4-6-8, 18 pts, 8th in the Eastern Conference

Colorado Rapids: 7-5-5, 26 pts, 3rd in the Western Conference

History:

Seventh Meeting All-Time

Colorado: Three Wins; Philadelphia: One Win; Two Draws

Projected Lineups:

Philadelphia Union (4-1-3-2):

Zac MacMath

Raymon GaddisAmobi OkugoSheanon WilliamsFabinho

Brian Carroll

Sebastien Le TouxCristian MaidanaDanny Cruz

Conor CaseyAndrew Wenger


Colorado Rapids (4-2-3-1):

Clint Irwin

Marvell WynneShane O’NeillDrew MoorChris Klute

Jared WattsNick LaBrocca

Dillon SernaDillon PowersKamani Hill

Deshorn Brown

SUSPENDED:

Philadelphia Union: Maurice Edu. Colorado Rapids: Vicente Sanchez

OUT VIA INJURY:

Philadelphia Union: none. Colorado Rapids: Jose Mari

Both the Philadelphia Union and Colorado Rapids enter this match in key stretches of their seasons. The home side is currently on the outside looking in of the Eastern Conference playoff picture as they sit just two points behind the last playoff spot. After this match they have a mid-week clash with the rival New York Red Bulls before a weekend tilt at the Chicago Fire.

Philadelphia has been clicking offensively in the last seven regular-season matches with the team scoring 16 goals during the time-frame. Unfortunately the defense has not been able to keep up as they have given up the same total with a record of three wins, three losses and a draw to show from it.

They have shown signs of good consistent play as of late with three victories in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup against clubs from each of the top three tiers of American soccer. Those victories have kept the Union alive for a potential cup double but they will first need to get through FC Dallas in the semi-finals of that competition.

The Colorado Rapids are on the right side of the playoff line sitting in third place in the Western Conference. They seem to be finally hitting their stride on the defensive side of the ball with three clean sheets in their last five matches. It helps that they have had consistency on the back-line; five of their last six matches have featured the same defensive unit.

Dillon Powers and Deshorn Brown have provided the offensive spark scoring six of the last 11 goals for the Rapids.

Colorado is starting a very difficult stretch of their own; seven of their next ten matches are away from Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. If you believe in history though this should be a good omen for you, Colorado has never lost at PPL Park.

Matthew Evans is a soccer writer for Stoppage Time Soccer. “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter, or add him to your network on Google

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