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Union vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies Starting XI and Lineup Notes - Suncoast Invitational

Philadelphia Union will battle Tampa Bay Rowdies in the team's final preseason match of the Suncoast Invitational tonight at Al Lang Stadium. Kick off is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET. 

Starting XI: Andre Blake; Ray Gaddis, Josh Yaro, Richie Marquez, Matt Real; Derrick Jones, Warren Creavalle; Fabian Herbers, Adam Najem, Marcus Epps; Jay Simpson

Lineup Notes:

Andre Blake
Andre Blake will start between the posts for Philadelphia tonight. The 2016 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year is making his first appearance in the 2018 Suncoast Invitational.

Ray Gaddis
Ray Gaddis makes the start at right-back tonight. Gaddis has appeared in 144 MLS regular season matches for the Union over six seasons.

Josh Yaro
Josh Yaro will patrol one of the center back spots for the Union. This will be the first start in the 2018 Suncoast Invitational for the former No. 2 overall pick.

Richie Marquez
Richie Marquez will join Josh Yaro in the center back slot. Marquez made 33 consecutive regular-season starts during the 2016 campaign for Philadelphia.

Matt Real
Matt Real earns the start at left back tonight. Real is one of two Homegrown players in the Starting XI for the Union tonight. Real logged his first preseason assist of 2018 on Wednesday against Montreal.

Derrick Jones
Derrick Jones will be starting in the defensive midfield this evening. Jones joins Real as the only Homegrowns in tonight’s Starting XI.

Warren Creavalle
Warren Creavalle will pair up with Jones in the defensive midfield. Creavalle has made over 30 appearances for three different MLS clubs in his career.

Fabian Herbers
Fabian Herbers starts on the right side for the Union tonight. Herbers was a team leader in assists his rookie season where he was selected with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.

Adam Najem 
Adam Najem will take over in the No. 10 slot for Philadelphia. Najem will be squaring off against his brother David, who is expected to log minutes for Tampa Bay tonight.w

Marcus Epps
Marcus Epps starts on the left wing for Philadelphia. Epps is coming off a two-assist performance in his last appearance on Wednesday against Montreal Impact.

Jay Simpson
Jay Simpson is the man up top for Philadelphia in tonight’s contest. Simpson recorded his first goal of the 2018 preseason on Wednesday during the 5-0 victory over Montreal Impact in the second match of the 2018 Suncoast Invitational.


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