After a two week break from MLS play, Philadelphia Union is back action as it looks to jump back into the Eastern Conference Playoff picture as they host Orlando City SC for Kick Childhood Cancer Night. Sunday's match will kick off at 4 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on both ESPN and ESPN Deportes.
The Boys in Blue are fully focused on the final push for the regular season after seeing their debut run in the Concacaf Champions League end in the semifinals to Liga MX power, Club America. The Union dominated the chances in the second leg against the Mexican side with 59 percent of the possession and 13 shots taken but in the end the visitors advanced to the CCL final set for October. In league action, the Union are coming off a 1-0 home loss to league leaders New England Revolution on Sept. 3rd.
Sunday's match will be the second and final regular season meeting between Philadelphia Union and Orlando City SC with the Florida side claiming a 2-1 victory on July 22nd. Orlando jumped out to an early lead with Benji Michel with a 10th minute goal which was followed up by a Andres Perea in the second half to double the lead. Kacper Przybylko pulled the Union back into the match after a combination play from Daniel Gazdag and Olivier Mbaizo. The Union sit just six points behind Orlando City SC with a game in hand but in a congested Eastern Conference the Florida side sits in third while the Union are just below the playoff line.
Orlando City SC comes into Sunday's match riding a two-match losing streak after falling to rival Atlanta United FC, 3-0, over the weekend. The Lions played midweek as well, dropping a 4-2 home result to CF Montrealm which will have large ramifications on Sunday's contest with both Nani and Perea suspended following red cards against the Canadian side. Nani's impact on the Lions has been large in 2021, with the Portuguese star leading the club with nine goals.
It all kicks off at 4:00 p.m. ET on September 19 from Subaru Park. Very few tickets remain but you won’t want to miss this experience so grab yours now or tune in on ESPN!