Alejandro Bedoya and Chris Pontius set to square off against Andre Blake and Cory Burke in international competition

Philadelphia Union will be well represented in Friday’s United States Men’s National Team friendly on Friday night in Chattanooga Tennessee. The USMNT has two members of the Union who are expected to earn minutes for the Stars and Bars.

Midfielders Alejandro Bedoya and Chris Pontius each recorded minutes in the previous match against Serbia, as Bedoya returned to the starting XI and Pontius made his international debut by replacing his club teammate in the 65th minute.  

It’s not just the United States that Union fans should keep their eye on. Their opponent features a very prominent Union player as well.

Philadelphia Union and 2016 MLS goalkeeper of the year Andre Blake is expected to start for Jamaica.

The only goalkeeper in MLS history to be drafted No. 1 overall served as the starting goalkeeper in all three matches for Jamaica in the 2016 Copa America Centenario. He was a member of the Reggae Boyz for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where Jamaica finished as runners-up, as well as making his World Cup debut in 2018 qualifiers in September as Jamaica advanced over Nicaragua. Overall, he’s made 22 career appearances on the senior team.

There is an extremely likely possibility that the club teammates will be going toe-to-toe in Chattanooga. Bethlehem Steel’s Cory Burke will also join Blake with Team Jamaica.

Needless to say, it should be a great night of soccer and for Philadelphia Union fans there will be no shortage of support.


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