The Union head into their final preseason game Saturday event, facing off against DC United at 5:00 p.m. ET. Here are three things to watch before the season opener.
Who is in the midfield?
Earlier this week, Head Coach Jim Curtin said he and the rest of the staff have not yet picked a starting group of midfielders. Roland Alberg, Derrick Jones and Warren Creavalle seem to be the three players competing for the last open slot, with Alejandro Bedoya and Haris Medunjanin already locking up starting roles. Creavalle started against Tampa Bay Rowdies, while Jones scored the deciding goal against the Rowdies and got the starting nod against Montreal on Wednesday. Alberg came in as a sub in both matches.
Expect to see minimal subs
The preseason allows unlimited substitutions, but with it being the final game before the regular season opener at Vancouver, expect Curtin to run with his starting lineup for a majority of, if not the entire, 90 minutes. The game may see some players come off the bench, but expect them to be limited. It’s also safe to say that players like Chris Pontius and Crevalle will be resting due to different injuries. Curtin said the team will be treating this game like Vancouver, and that it will be a good test for the club.
Get ready for more
If it feels like you’re experiencing some déjà vu, do not freak out. This game will be the second time Philadelphia and DC have met during the preseason. Earlier in February, the clubs played to a 1-1 draw that saw goals from the Union's C.J. Sapong and United’s Jose Guillermo Ortiz. Union defender Oguchi Onyewu was also sent off in the contest. In addition to tomorrow’s meeting, the two teams will meet up three times during the regular season, with Talen Energy Stadium being the host on June 24.