Philadelphia Union Look to Keep Up Winning Despite National Team Absences

MLS Match Preview Philadelphia Union vs. Colorado Rapids

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With eight matches remaining before the postseason and after a 1-0 win on a goal from Conor Casey, the Philadelphia Union (8-9-9, 33 points) will look to keep their winning ways up as they play a rematch of Wednesday’s game at PPL Park against a Toronto FC (9-10-6, 33 points) side which is dealing with their own coaching issues and injuries.

Among the announcements this week, it was announced that Michael Lahoud will be among the players that will be missing due to international callups.  The other major player who was announced to have been given an international callup was the Union’s newest player and new starting Goalkeeper Rais M’bohli.  The other notable name who will be missing from Saturday’s match is Toronto’s Ashtone Morgan who was given a red card in Wednesday’s match for denial of a goalscoring opportunity on Sebastien LeToux who was on a breakaway.

Union fans have been wondering what would happen to former starting goalkeeper Zac MacMath since the signing of M’bohli, but he will have his chance to shine and show that he should be the Union’s number one.  There has been controversy surrounding what would happen to MacMath since M’Bohli’s MLS debut, but with the end of the season coming soon, it will be interesting to see if the Union trade MacMath or if they decide to just release him after the season.

With the newest expansion teams starting next season, it is possible that Orlando City SC would opt to bring MacMath to Florida.  However for that, the rest of the season and potential postseason would have to play out and the Union would be playing against teams who are already in great positions for the postseason.  This is when it would be most imperative for them to win the next games and gain as many points as possible while taking them away if they want to get into the playoffs.

Right now they are tied for the final playoff spot with Toronto and the Columbus Crew. The points they will gain will end up being more like six point win instead of three point win. They will only get three points with a win, but they would take valuable points away from their opponent with a victory.

With all of the traveling the teams will have, as well as two games in a few days of each other, it will be interesting to see how the Union and Toronto will handle Saturday’s match.

Jasmine Stefanik is a writer for Stoppage Time Soccer. Follow her on Twitter @TrueUnionFan1, and like her page on Facebook.

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