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Know Your Opponent: Philadelphia Union

Orlando City SC travels to the City of Brotherly Love this weekend for a clash against the Philadelphia Union in the final regular season match of 2017. Orlando and Philly are level on points (39) and the two clubs have an identical record of 10 wins, 14 losses and nine draws.

Here is what you should know about Orlando City’s next opponent:

Current Form

Last Match: Saturday, Oct. 14
Philadelphia Union - 2 Chicago Fire - 3
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL

The Union went down an early goal when Golden Boot front-runner Nemanja Nikolic put the Fire ahead in the third minute. Philly responded immediately, tying the match just three minutes later courtesy of a Chicago own goal. Alejandro Bedoya gave Philadelphia the lead in the 13th minute after some clever combination play around the penalty box. The Union went into the break up 2-1, but couldn’t hold on, as the Fire would come back to win the match 3-2.

Key Matchups

Dom Dwyer vs. Andre Blake

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake has followed up a career year in 2016 with another splendid season in between the sticks. Blake has nine shutouts in 25 starts this season as the last line of defense for Philadelphia. He will be tasked with keeping Lions striker Dom Dwyer off the scoresheet; not a simple task, as Dwyer is keen to finish the season in scoring form.

Lions defense vs. CJ Sapong 

The MLS Eastern Conference is stacked with talented strikers and Philadelphia’s CJ Sapong is no exception. Sapong leads the Union this season with 14 goals, spearheading his team's attack. The striker is central to what Philly tries to do offensively, and the Orlando City backline will have to be aware of his position at all times.

Head-to-Head

Orlando City owns a 2-2-2 all-time record against the Union. The two clubs met at Orlando City Stadium back in March - Cyle Larin’s brace was enough to secure a 2-1 victory on the night. Watch highlights of that match below.

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September 11, 2020: Major League Soccer has announced the 2020 regular season schedule through the end of September. From September 18-27, each MLS club will compete in three regular season matches. Additional 2020 MLS regular season matches will be announced pending further developments regarding travel protocols. Attendance at matches will be determined in accordance with applicable state and local guidelines.