Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United

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Union set to take on D.C. United in final regular season appearance at RFK Stadium

CHESTER, Pa. – Philadelphia Union return to action this Saturday when they travel down I-95 to take on Eastern Conference rival D.C. United. This will be the final regular season match that the Union will play at historic RFK Stadium. Kick-off for this match is set for 7 p.m. and will be televised on The Comcast Network with JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth on the call.

This will be the second of three meetings between these two clubs in 2017. D.C. United will come to Talen Energy Stadium on June 24 for the third and final regular season matchup between the two squads. Philadelphia trails in their all-time series against D.C. United with a record of 7-8-4. On April 1, the Union fell to D.C. United at RFK in a 2-1 loss on April 1.

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Philadelphia Union currently sits in 11th place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 1-4-4.
The Union earned a 3-0 victory last week against New York Red Bulls at Talen Energy Stadium. Philadelphia saw heroics from striker CJ Sapong who recorded the third hat-trick in club history in the victory. Union keeper Andre Blake stood tall earning a shutout for the second consecutive week. This is the first time in his career he’s accomplished that feat. The Union have earned results in their last three matches racking up five points in that stretch.

A player to watch for Philadelphia is the aforementioned Sapong. The Union striker is tied for the MLS lead in goals scored with seven along with Houston Dynamo’s Erik “Cubo” Torres. Sapong has already tied his goal total from last year (seven) and is two goals shy of tying his all-time career high. Sapong recorded nine goals for Philadelphia in 2015 and for Sporting Kansas City in 2012. Sapong also moved into third all-time in Union history with 23 goals scored and has recorded every goal on the road for Philadelphia in 2017.

D.C. United enters Saturday’s contest with a record of 3-4-2 good for eighth in the Eastern Conference. The Union will need to keep an eye on Luciano Acosta. Although D.C. has scored a conference low nine goals, and failing to score in five contests this season, Acosta has been dangerous for D.C. recording three goals in 2017. All of Acosta’s goals have been game-winning goals. D.C. is led by Ben Olsen, who is the longest-tenured head coach in D.C. United history, having served in that capacity, since the middle of the 2010 season.

MATCH INFORMATION
2017 MLS Regular Season
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: RFK Stadium
Washington, D.C.

Philadelphia Union: 1-4-4 (7 points)
D.C. United: 3-4-2 (11 points)

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BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV: The Comcast Network
Play-by-play: JP Dellacamera
Color: Tommy Smyth

MATCH SOCIAL TAGS
·         @PhilaUnion
·         #DCvPHI
·         #DOOP
·         #JoinorDie

D.C. UNITED SOCIAL TAGS
·         @DCUnited
·         #DCU

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