Match Blog: #PHIvNSH


Philadelphia Union concludes its preseason schedule today down in Florida with an exhibition against Nashville SC. While might not be a live stream, we will be providing live updates from the exhibition in Clearwater. Be sure to follow along as we update you with what's happening in the Union's preseason scrimmage against Nashville SC with updates from the contest beginning shortly before the 12 p.m. ET kick off from the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex.

2:18 p.m. ET: One final chance for the Union but sees a Stuart Findlay header crash off the crossbar and stay out. Nashville SC clears and that's a wrap on the preseason.

2:17 p.m. ET: Nashville SC shown a yellow card.

2:16 p.m. ET: Sullivan has another rip on goal and he earns a corner chance.

2:13 p.m. ET: Matt Freese makes another stop to deny a long range try from the visitors.

2:10 p.m. ET: Nashville ties it up late in the extra session.

2:09 p.m. ET: Sullivan has a go on one end of the pitch. Nashville recovers and springs a counter attack that sees Matt Freese make the save to keep it 1-0!

2:07 p.m. ET: Nashville searching for an equalizer but Matt Real recovers back into the box and blocks out a cross for a corner kick. Ensuing corner flies out of bounds.

2:00 p.m. ET: Quinn Sullivan has a go from about 30 yards out that bounces in front of the keeper but is turned aside.

1:53 p.m. ET: Brandan Craig comes up for the corner service. Nashville tries to clear it but the Union recover and recycle it back in for a second chance that eventually fizzles out.

1:52 p.m. ET: Quick throw in from Nathan Harriel connects with Quinn Sullivan. The homegrown has a blast but it goes out for a Union corner.

1:46 p.m. ET: Extra session about to kick off. Here is how the squad lines up: Matt Freese; Matt Real, Stuart Findlay, Brandan Craig, Nathan Harriel; Jesus Bueno, Cole Turner, Quinn Sullivan, Bajung Darboe; Trialist, Trialist.

1:40 p.m. ET: After 90 minutes the Union lead Nashville SC thanks to the Wagner to Glesnes connection. We'll play an additional 30 minutes shortly.

1:33 p.m. ET: GOAL!!! Kai Wagner takes the free kick and connects with Jakob Glesnes and the Norwegian center back smashes it home in the 82nd minute!

1:31 p.m. ET: Paxten Aaronson gets aggressive on the dribble and gets taken down in a prime spot for the Union attack.

1:28 p.m. ET: Daniel Gazdag makes some moves and dribbles into the box, tries to pick out Carranza in front of goal but its cleared out.

1:25 p.m. ET: First subs of the afternoon sees Nathan Harriel and Quinn Sullivan come on for Olivier Mbaizo and Alejandro Bedoya in the 73rd minute.

1:16 p.m. ET: Visitors continuing to test the Union backline but they continue to keep the line tight and deny any chances from Nashville.

1:08 p.m. ET: Just past the hour mark as Wagner earns another free kick for the Union.

1:02 p.m. ET: First yellow card of the match is shown to Philadelphia Union left back Kai Wagner.

1:01 p.m. ET: Free kick on the other side of the pitch but the Union defense holds steady to not concede a scoring opportunity.

12:59 p.m. ET: McGlynn with a threaded pass into the box for Carranza but the keeper comes off his line to sweep it away.

12:57 p.m. ET: Nashville dribbles inside but its a SAVE BY BLAKE!! The Jamaican gets big and keep the match scoreless with a big stop.

12:56 p.m. ET: Nashville SC kicks it off and we are underway.

12:53 p.m. ET: No changes to the squad as we are about to kick off the second half.

12:44 p.m. ET: Union have one last go before the break but the referee calls a stop to the action with it still scoreless after 45 minutes.

12:40 p.m. ET: McGlynn has a rip from 20 yards out but it's blocked by the Nashville defense.

12:37 p.m. ET: Wagner fouled on the near the box on the left flank. Gazdag tees one up but just misses the opening goal of the contest.

12:32 p.m. ET: Jack Elliott floats a ball over the top of the Nashville defense and Bedoya collects it. 1on1 against the keeper but it is saved.

12:29 p.m. ET: McGlynn and Bedoya combine to bring the attack in the Nashville final third. Mbaizo tries to fire a cross but pulls it back to Glesnes just past the midway stripe. The Norwegian rips a bomb to his left and hits Kai Wagner in stride on the wing. The left back fires a cross but the keeper steals it out of the air.

12:26 p.m. ET: Nashville earns the first corner of the match but the service is whipped out by a foul in the box.

12:20 p.m. ET: Union growing in the game as the clock cross the 20th minute mark. McGlynn gets aggressive and tries to get a cross into the box but sees it cleared away.

12:15 p.m. ET: Carranza forces a turnover and has the Union in a dangerous position. Midfielders race up after a give and go with Gazdag. Goes wide to Mbaizo again on the wing but the keeper cuts out the cross.

12:13 p.m. ET: Mbaizo springs a quick counter after the save by Dre, goes free on the right side and goes all the way to the Nashville SC box but his cross is just off target.

12:12 p.m. ET: Hard challenge just outside the box and Nashville will get a dangerous looking free kick opportunity. Four man wall for the Union. Nashville has a go on frame but it's right to Andre Blake.

12:09 p.m. ET: First shot of the afternoon comes from Nashville SC but it sails over the crossbar and out for an Andre Blake goal kick.

12:08 p.m. ET: Both teams wanting to work on their pressing cues when the opposition gets the slightest bit of possession. Fairly even the possession through the first 10 minutes or so.

12:03 p.m. ET: Visitors with an early cross into the box but Blake snatches it out of the air.

12:01 p.m. ET: Referee blows his whistle we are underway as the Union get the opening touch.

12:00 p.m. ET: Starting XI for the Union: Andre Blake, Kai Wagner, Jakob Glesnes, Jack Elliott, Olivier Mbaizo; Leon Flach, Jack McGlynn, Alejandro Bedoya, Paxten Aaronson, Daniel Gazdag; Julian Carranza.

11:53 a.m. ET: Squad rocking the BY U Kits like they have been all preseason. Final stretches

11:35 a.m. ET- It's a good day Philadelphia Union fans as we are coming to you live from the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex for this final tuneup before the 2022 regular season kicks off. It's a rematch from the Eastern Conference Semifinals that went the distance as the Union take on Nashville SC. Its sunny with temps in the mid 70s as the Boys in Blue take to the pitch for warmups.

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