The battle for second place in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference will take place as Philadelphia Union welcome Nashville SC to Subaru Park. Saturday’s night clash will also see the return of the fan favorite Kids Night presented by Independence with numerous activities taking place for the youngest Union fans.
On the pitch the Union will be looking to rebound after seeing its six-match unbeaten streak come to an end after a rally from Minnesota United FC on Wednesday night. Hungarian midfielder Daniel Gazdag turned in a breakout performance on the road, netting his first mult-goal match with the club which was highlighted by a first half blast. Despite the setback, the Union sit in third place in the East and just three points behind the Tennessee side ahead of Saturday night’s contest.
Philadelphia Union and Nashville SC will be meeting for just the second time with Nashville taking all three points in the two meeting. Former Union forward CJ Sapong netted the match winner just two minutes into the match which was followed up by an expected defensive lockdown by Gary Smith’s side.
Nashville SC sits in second place as they look to make league history on two fronts: fewest losses in a regular season and most draw. The club sports a record of 11-3-16 with them sitting just two draws away from the single-season record of 18 held by the 2014 Chicago Fire. There three losses would be the fewest in MLS history but the Union will be looking to send them into a seven-way tie for the fewest losses on Saturday night. Nashville will be without its MVP nominee in leading goalscorer Hany Mukhtar who will miss the match due to yellow card accumulation.