Orlando City (10-6-8, 38 pts) takes to the national stage this weekend, starting a three-game road trip with a Sunday afternoon tilt against Philadelphia Union (8-7-8, 32 pts). The match, set to kick off at 4:00 p.m. ET, will be televised nationally on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Radio coverage will be available from 3:30 p.m. ET on Real Radio 104.1 FM in English and Acción 97.9 FM and 810 AM in Spanish.
Here’s everything you need to know about Philadelphia:
Key Transactions and Player News
Key Additions - CF Matheus Davó (Corinthians, loan), CM Jesús Bueno (Deportivo Lara), CM Leon Flach (FC St. Pauli), AM Daniel Gazdag (Budapest Honvéd FC), CB Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock), RB Alvas Powell (Al-Hilal)
Key Departures - AM Brendan Aaronson (Red Bull Salzburg), CB Mark McKenzie (Genk), RB Ray Gaddis (retirement), Jack de Vries (Venezia FC, loan), GK Greg Ranjitsingh (MLS pool)
Player News - Philadelphia has been wanting for goals through a rough patch in their season. Not a single player on the Union has scored more than one goal since the beginning of August. Starting striker Kacper Przybylko hasn’t netted since July 25 and the team as a whole hasn’t recorded a non-own goal since Quinn Sullivan’s late equalizer against CF Montréal on August 21.
Take a look at the Union’s full roster here.
The Union have slumped throughout the summer, looking far from the team that took home the Supporters’ Shield last year. Philadelphia is just 3-5-4 in the league since the beginning of July, including a 2-1 loss against Orlando City on July 22. The Union were also knocked out of the CONCACAF Champions League in the semifinals, falling 4-0 on aggregate across two legs to Mexican giants Club América.
Orlando and Philadelphia are deadlocked in the all-time series, with both teams holding a 4-4-5 record. Orlando City will be making their first trip to Subaru Park since July 7, 2019, when Dom Dwyer and Santiago Patiño found the net for the Lions in a 2-2 draw. That game was actually supposed to be played the previous evening, but heavy rains forced a postponement to the following afternoon.
Rasmussen University Fact
As of this writing, Philadelphia is sitting a point below the playoff line in the Eastern Conference. Oddly enough, this isn’t super rare for Supporters’ Shield winners – FC Dallas (2017) and Toronto FC (2018) are recent teams to miss the playoffs the year after securing the league’s best record. The last Supporters’ Shield winners to win even a single playoff game the following season was the 2015 Seattle Sounders.