Philadelphia Union midfielder Marcus Epps will take on his alma mater in tonight's preseason scrimmage against the University of South Florida.
For Epps, playing against the Bulls brings him back to his roots and provides the opportunity to reconnect with old teammates and coaching staff who helped him make it professionally.
"It's a special moment to go back and to be able to play them from the other side and being a professional," Epps said. "Seeing where I came from and seeing where these guys are now and being able to put what I've learned in the past year into action against a great school and a great team."
While at USF, Epps registered eight goals and nine assists in his 75 appearances over his four-year collegiate career. The midfielder is looking forward to playing his school again, this time as a member of the Union.
"I had excellent coaches and an excellent team that have prepared me since freshman year all the way to senior year," Epps said. "I learned so much on and off the field that prepared me for this moment."
At the end of the Union's 2017 regular MLS season, Epps returned back to USF to train and connect with old friends.
"I still keep in touch with the guys. I come back every offseason to train with them, catch up and hang out," Epps said.
Fans in the area can come out and see Epps, along with the Boys in Blue, battle against the Bulls at Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex at 7 p.m. tonight.