Damion Lowe named to MLS Team of the Matchday


After helping the club collect a rivalry shutout on the road, Philadelphia Union defender Damion Lowe has been named to Major League Soccer's Team of the Matchday for Matchday 11, the league announced on Monday afternoon.

Lowe made the most of his first league start for the Union, helping lock down former Union forward Cory Burke as the Boys in Blue battled the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night in New Jersey. The Jamaican center back had 55 touches and 10 defensive recoveries while also picking up four tackles, four clearances and two blocks. 

Lowe becomes the fifth different player from the Union to be selected for the league's matchday accolades, joining Julian Carranza (Matchday 1), Daniel Gazdag (Matchday 1 & 8), Jakob Glesnes (Matchday 6) and Mikeal Uhre (Matchday 9).

Goalkeeper Andre Blake was also recognized as part of Team of the Matchday bench for his three-save effort against the rival Red Bulls. The biggest save from the three-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year came in the 10th minute, as  Blake leapt high into the air to deny a strike from defender John Tolkin.

Blake joins Joaquin Torres (Matchday 3), Uhre (Matchday 4) and Kai Wagner (Matchday 9) as members from the Union to receive the honor.

Philadelphia Union continues a hectic May schedule on Tuesday evening as they face off against Minnesota United FC in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 32. Kick off is set for 8:30 p.m. ET with the match streamed for free via Bleacher Report.