Home Sweet Home

Welcome home, Philadelphia Union.

For the first time since April 10 – that’s nearly five weeks ago – the club will play in front of its rowdy home fans when it hosts FC Dallas Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field.

At 1-5-0, the Union will receive a major boost playing in front of their hometown fans. They will likely also receive a jolt from the return of Sebastien Le Toux.

“I’m feeling pretty good and I think I’m going to be able to play on Saturday,” Le Toux said.

Le Toux leads the Union in scoring, but has missed the last two games with a sprained left knee. Just having him on the field at home will be a benefit.

“I think it’s more than possible for him,” Team Manager Peter Nowak said of Le Toux's chances of playing.

Roger Torres played a terrific game in a 1-1 draw against the Ecuadorian National Team in a closed scrimmage Tuesday at Lincoln Financial Field. In fact, the 18-year-old Torres sent a side volley into the goal after receiving a deft pass from Alejandro Moreno to equalize. The goal doesn't count towards Torres' stats, but it should provide a confidence boost for the youngster.

“I needed that,” Torres said. “Hopefully, this is something that will motivate me to get a goal on Saturday.”

The club has been training at home in between road matches, but to finally be able to play again at home is something they’re clearly looking forward to Saturday.

“Sure, it’s great to have the support for you,” said midfielder Kyle Nakazawa. “We want to come out and play very well and come away with the three points we really need.”

At the same time, the Union won’t put any added pressure on themselves.

“The (technical) staff here has been great about keeping us on an even keel,” said goalkeeper Chris Seitz. “We don’t get too high and we don’t get too low. We stay on the same wavelength every day and try to get better. We know that has to be the way to approach things. Obviously, it will be good to be home Saturday instead of on the road.

“We knew before the season that we would be playing 8 of the first 10 games away. We don’t look at it that way. It’s one day, one game at a time. But it will be nice to be back in Philly in front of our home crowd cheering us on. No question about that fact.”

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