Philadelphia Union is back at home on Saturday night as they host the San Jose Earthquakes. Kick off from Subaru Park is set for 7:30 p.m. ET with tickets for the match still available for purchase here. The Union will honor recently retired midfielder and fan-favorite Ilsinho pregame so you will want to be in your seats early to give the Brazilian the send off he deserves. Fans can also catch the match on PHL17 and PhiladelphiaUnion.com with coverage online starting at 7 p.m. ET with Union Pre-Kick Live.
The Union off to the second-best start in club history courtesy of four points through the first two weeks of the 2022 Major League Soccer campaign. After a 1-1 draw in the home opener against Minnesota United FC, the Union fought back on the road in Montreal for a gritty 2-1 comeback. After falling behind on a deflected goal in the opening half, the Union caught fire with goals from Alejandro Bedoya and Daniel Gazdag within three minutes of each other to earn their first win of the new season. With a win on Saturday night the Union would be off to their best start in club history.
Saturday's contest will be the 13th matchup between the Quakes and the Union with the series tied at 4-4-4. Recent history has seen results heavily in the Union's favor, with Philadelphia unbeaten in six straight against San Jose with the positive results going all the way to 2014. The Union's six-game unbeaten streak is tied for the longest against a single opponent, matching the Union's perfect results against FC Cincinnati.
While San Jose might not have earned its first win the season quite yet, the club is riding high after a dramatic comeback last weekend against the Columbus Crew. Trailing by a pair of goals in the final 10 minutes on Saturday, they rallied back with back-to-back headed goals from Francisco Calvo to earn their first point of the new campaign. The feat has been quite a common occurrence under Head Coach Matias Almeyda with San Jose leading the league in points earned after trailing by two goals since the manager took over. Former Union midfielder Jamiro Monteiro will not be available in this weekend's matchup after he was sent off in the 33rd minute for a foul.