The Union will host New York Red Bulls Sunday at 5:00 p.m. in a nationally televised match. It's been a minute since the Union have hosted a league match, so here are three reasons why you should come out and watch the match.
Sunday's match will be there first ever Demolition Derby between the Union and Red Bulls. Philadelphia Union Foundation is sponsoring a car and pinata smash, RushOrderTees.com and American Red Cross are conducting a Rid the Red campaign, and there will be a Sons of Ben Bonfire out on Toyota Plaza. There will also be festivities during the match that fans will want to keep an eye out for. It all will create a never-before-seen atmosphere to capture just how intense the Union/Red Bull rivalry can be.
The rivalry can take on many forms, and between these two teams, there are plenty of individual battles to watch out for on the pitch. There's the two strikers, CJ Sapong and Bradley Wright-Phillips, who both lead their teams in goals and in the case of Sapong, prominent figures in the Golden Boot race. Trying to stifle those scorers are Andre Blake and Luis Robles, two of the best goalkeepers in MLS posting some of the best numbers of their careers. And feeding them the ball is Haris Medunjanin and Sacha Kljestan, two of the best passers and chance creators in MLS. Fans will be treated to exceptional skill between these players, and will surely leave the match happy.
Open Cup Tune Up
The Union and Red Bulls already play each other three times this season, and thanks to the US Open Cup, they added a fourth competition against each other. The two squads will play each other in New York for the Round of 16 in the Open Cup. While both matches are important in their own right, Sunday's match is in front of a national television audience. And it gives the chance for any bad blood to stew for a couple of weeks before the two squads meet again. The two teams always play a physical game, and it could lead to an even more chippy game later in the month.