Sapong vs. Galaxy

Reasons to Watch: Union vs. LA Galaxy

The Union hit the road for the first time since April 1 when Philadelphia travels to the City of Angels to take on LA Galaxy, with kick-off at 10:30 p.m. ET on The Comcast Network. We know it's going to be a late one, but here are three reasons to tune-in. 

Coming Home

There are two California natives on the Union roster: Richie Marquez and Chris Pontius. Both of them grew up about 40 miles from Los Angeles proper, and playing against the Galaxy will be sort of a homecoming for the both of them. Marquez has only played in LA once, when the Union faced the Galaxy in 2015. As for Pontius, he has never played in LA as a member of the Union, and it is potentially the first time he'll start against the Galaxy in Los Angeles since 2012. Both players are also searching for their first point against the Galaxy. 

Black and Blue

Saturday's match could provide some flair for the dramatic, as both the Union and LA Galaxy rank in the top half of fouls called. LA Galaxy ranks seventh with 95, and the Union are close behind at ninth with 92. It may take some hard contact to draw said fouls though, as both are in the latter half of the league in fouls suffered, with the Union at 18th with 74 fouls suffered, and the Galaxy are 16th with 78. A chippy game could benefit the Union, especially with CJ Sapong's ability to fight through contact. 

Offensive Mentality

CJ Sapong leads the Union with nine points in seven games this season, and will aim to continue to net points against LA Galaxy. He'll be the second-highest scoring player on the pitch Saturday, trailing only Galaxy's Romain Alessandrini, who has 10 points on the season. Sapong recently had a three-game goal streak snapped, and LA provides him the opportunity to continue his second of the season, while Alessandrini had his three-game goal streak snapped against Seattle last week. Sapong has scored one goal against LA Galaxy as a member of the Union, while this will be the first time Alessandrini faces Philadelphia. Fans could be treated to some brilliant offensive play between these two scorers. 


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