Just before the holiday break, Philadelphia Union learned its entire 2023 MLS Schedule after the league announced it on Tuesday. MLS fans can watch every 2023 league match on AppleTV MLS Season Pass. No blackouts. No restrictions.
We are taking a deep dive into each month of the season to look at each of the matchups! Today we're focused on the Union's June schedule which features a home match at each end of the month which will book end a pair of road contests.
June starts off with an Eastern Conference clash between the top two finishers in the conference in 2022 that will take place at Subaru Park on Saturday, June 3rd.
After finishing second in the East last year, CF Montreal will certainly be a different team in 2023 with the departures of many pieces that saw guided their run to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Head Coach Wilfred Nancy is with Columbus, wonderkid Ismael Kone is headed to the Watford F.C., Alistair Johnston to Celtic, Djordje Mihailovic is leaving for AZ Alkmaar plus captain Victor Wanyama seems destined to be going elsewhere as well. On the field, the Union got their first win on 2022 against the Canadian side with second-half goals from Alejandro Bedoya and Julian Carranza before battling to a 1-1 draw in late April.
While the MLS schedule has the Boys in Blue playing on June 3rd, that date could have to change as well if the Boys in Blue make a deep run in the Concacaf Champions League as a champions will be crowned on Sunday, June 4th. Should the Union make it to the final, they'd be following in the footsteps of the Seattle Sounders who became the first MLS club to win the tournament last year.
Possible opponents in the CCL Final include: Austin FC, Club Leon, Orlando City SC, Tigres UANL and CF Pachuca. Just like in the semifinals, the hosting order is based upon the best performing clubs in the earlier rounds of the competition via wins, draws, and, if required, goal difference.
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The Union hit the road for the first time in June with a west coast trip to take on the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, June 10th. The Quakes finished bottom of the Western Conference in 2022 which saw the dismissal of Matias Almeyda in April but they’ll be under the direction of U.S. Men’s National Team assistant Luchi Gonzalez. The former FC Dallas coach will bee well into establishing his style of play when the Union come to town to face off against former midfielder Jamiro Monteiro. The weather in June should be quite different from the last time Philly battled San Jose, with the Union grabbing a 2-0 victory at a snowy Subaru Park in March.
After nabbing the last spot in the Eastern Conference playoff picture in 2022, Orlando City SC is undergoing some roster rebuild with the Lions sending midfielder Andres Perea to the Boys in Blue earlier this month. Alongside Perea’s departure has been Junior Urso, Alexander Alvarado and Joao Moutinho but Oscar Pareja has been busy adding Luca Petrasso and Felipe Martins as they too prepare for Concacaf Champions League. In 2022, the Union and Orlando battled three times with the Lions taking the contest in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup but the Union got all six points in MLS play highlighted by a 5-1 rout in September by the Boys in Blue.
June wraps up at Subaru Park as the Boys in Blue battle Inter Miami CF on Saturday, June 24th.
The Pink Herons seem to always be in the spotlight when the offseason hits and 2022 has been no exception with rumors floating all around that a certain World Cup Champion might be coming stateside. Inter Miami has always had its share of big names but they gave quite a bit to the Boys in Blue this past year in points and forward Julian Carranza. After battling to a scoreless draw at Subaru Park, the Union went to Fort Lauderdale and left with all three points with goals from Daniel Gazdag and Cory Burke.