Union Host Rapids, Look to Build Off Draw
Philadelphia Union (4-10-4, 16 points, 7th in the East) vs. Colorado Rapids (7-5-6, 27 points, 5th in the West), at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
4:00pm ET, 6abc/MyNetwork TV - WQMY/Telefutura
Philadelphia welcome another team to PPL Park for the first time as the Colorado Rapids are in town to face the Union. Hanging tough in the Western Conference, Colorado are only three points from third place while Philadelphia remain stuck in 7th place in the East after an impressive 1-1 draw with defending MLS champions Real Salt Lake.
Tying RSL on Wednesday was a big step forward for the Union, who have been struggling as of late. Philadelphia had suffered two straight losses prior, but Sebastien Le Toux once more ensured that his team pulled off the result by expertly setting up Danny Mwanga’s goal.
“It was a good game to come back to after Dallas,” said Le Toux of the 1-1 match against RSL. “We had a good 20 minutes there, but it was a pretty frustrating match [and] to come back...was good. On Saturday [against Colorado], we hope to stay positive and win that game.”
The Rapids just recently got back into the win column, having beaten the San Jose Earthquakes, 1-0, last weekend. Before the victory at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Colorado hadn’t won in seven matches.
Returning for the Union match will be U.S. international and Rapids leading scorer Conor Casey, who missed the team’s previous game with a head injury.
Heroes & Villains
Jordan Harvey vs. Jeff Larentowicz -- The pair may see bits of each other during the match, but the link that binds the two is more about them playing the other team. Harvey, 26, was drafted 9th overall by the Rapids back in 2006, while Larentowicz grew up a mere 30 minutes from PPL Park and has reportedly bought over 100 tickets for the match. It will be interesting to see if both Harvey and Larentowicz can keep their emotions in check.
Stat That Make You Go “Hmm...”
Philadelphia remain the only team in Major League Soccer not to record a shut out so far this season.