Philadelphia Union endured another dismal start to the MLS season as they won just two of their opening nine games in the MLS, but fortunately for the Talen Energy Stadium faithful they seem to be on the rise again.
They thrashed Richmond Kickers 5-0 in the US Open Cup in midweek and have now lost just one of their last six competitive games. That was a trip away to MLS Eastern Conference leaders Atlanta United as well, so it wasn’t entirely unexpected. In fact, keeping Atlanta United limited to three goals was a feat in itself after they saw both of their central midfielders sent off in the 19th minute.
This form has been enough to lift Union to 7th in the Eastern Conference, and they are now just a point outside the playoff places that they missed out on last season. Reclaiming a spot in the post season will be their main objective this year, and if their recent form is anything to go by then they should manage that with relative ease.
Toronto FC’s aim for the season was to successfully defend the swathe of trophies they won last season. Not only did they lift the Canadian Cup, but they followed that on with a crown in both the MLS Supporters Shield and the MLS Cup. After very few changes during the off-season and a team with a history of winning, many expected a similarly dominating performance this year.
That hasn’t been the case though. The visitors drew with Columbus Crew last weekend to make it one win from their last five matches, and it puts them all the way down in 10th position in the Eastern Conference. They have managed just 11 points all season, and equally worrying is the fact that only one of these points was won away from home.
Toronto FC have lost four of their five away days in the MLS this season, and they’re coming up against a Philadelphia Union side who have won three on the trot at home. Backing a Philadelphia Union Win looks the best bet here, along with a high scoring 3-2 correct score predictions.
Philadelphia Union Predicted Lineup: Blake, Rosenberry, McKenzie, Trusty, Gaddis, Creavalle, Ilsinho, Picault, Dockal, Accam, Burke
Toronto FC Predicted Lineup: Irwin, Auro, Bradley, Hernandez, van der Wiel, Chapman, Fraser, Osorio, Telfer, Giovinco, Vazquez
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Toronto FC have won four, drawn two, and lost one of their last seven matches against Philadelphia Union, but only one of these wins came away from home. Union have only lost two of their ten hostings of Toronto FC.
Defensive duo Richie Marquez and Joshua Yaro remain sidelined for the hosts. Midfield duo Bedoya and Medunjanin will be suspended for this clash after getting sent off last weekend.
Toronto FC are without defenders Drew Moor and Chris Mavinga, midfielder Ager Aketze, and striker Jozy Altidore. Ashtone Morgan and Justin Morrow are doubts as well, whilst defender Julian Dunn-Johnson and midfielder Aidan Daniels are away with the Canada U23 squad at the Toulon tournament.