Philadelphia Union are back in action on Saturday night when they visit Nashville SC for the first time in franchise history. Kick off from the Music City is set for 8 p.m. ET with television coverage on PHL17 beginning at 7:30 p.m. with pregame hosted by Dave Leno and Union Ring of Honor member Sebastien Le Toux. Fans will also be able to view the match on PhiladelphiaUnion.com or can click here to listen to the FOX The Gambler broadcast which is available via 102.5 FM, 104.5 HD2, the iHeart App and 1480 AM.
Philadelphia Union enter the weekend sitting third place in the Eastern Conference and riding an eight-match unbeaten streak that dates back to early May. The Boys in Blue enter coming off a 3-3 road draw at Chicago Fire FC that capped off a week that featured a thrilling 2-2 draw in Atlanta followed up by a scrappy 1-0 win over defending MLS Cup Champions, Columbus Crew. After falling behind early in the first half to the Fire, the Union responded with back to back goals from homegrown Quinn Sullivan and Cory Burke. The hosts responded with a pair of goals from of their own in the second half but late in the contest Kacper Przybylko fired a shot that deflected off a defender and in to extend the unbeaten streak.
Saturday night's match will mark the first time the two sides have faced off after the 2020 pandemic schedule didn't see the Union face off against the MLS newcomers. While the two haven't met on the pitch, Nashville SC's roster features three former Union players with David Accam (now on loan), Taylor Washington and CJ Sapong.
Nashville SC enters their home match still unbeaten in 2021 in front of their home fans with a 3-0-4 record. The Tennessee side comes into the match after a dramatic tying goal from Abu Danladi in the second-half stoppage time. Overall Nashville SC has scored six goals in the final 15 minutes of matches this season, tied for most in MLS. They’ve scored five of those goals in their last four matches, scoring twice to draw Atlanta, 2-2, scoring twice to beat Toronto FC, 3-2, and scoring at 90’+4 to rescue a point against CF Montréal on Saturday.