Philadelphia Union will host the reigning MLS Cup Champions, Toronto FC tonight at Talen Energy Stadium for their second meeting of the season. Below is the starting lineup and notes:
Starting XI: Andre Blake; Keegan Rosenberry, Mark McKenzie, Auston Trusty, Ray Gaddis; Warren Creavalle, Borek Dockal; Marcus Epps, Ilsinho, Fafa Picaut; CJ Sapong
Bench: John McCarthy; Jack Elliott, Fabinho, Derrick Jones, Anthony Fontana, David Accam, Cory Burke
- Entering today’s match against Toronto FC, goalkeeper Andre Blake ranks third in saves in MLS (55). Since May 1, Andre Blake has a league-best 34 saves in seven games (79.1% save percentage).
- After not appearing in last Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Atlanta United, Keegan Rosenberry makes his 14th start of the season. Rosenberry averages three interceptions per game which ranks ninth in MLS this season.
- Mark McKenzie makes his sixth consecutive start for the Union tonight. McKenzie anchored the Union’s defense in the 5-0 victory over the Richmond Kickers in the Fourth Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday.
- In his first season with the Union, Auston Trusty has logged 1260 minutes which ranks tied for second in all of MLS. No other player younger than 20 years old has more than 1200 minutes this season.
- Ray Gaddis’ two assists this season have already matched his career-high in a season. Gaddis will make his ninth start of the season and his second against Toronto FC this year.
- Philadelphia Union midfielder Warren Creavalle will make his first start of the 2018 season against his former club, Toronto FC. Creavalle came on for the last 67 minutes against Atlanta United and picked up an assist on Fafa Picault’s 52nd minute goal.
- Borek Dočkal’s one goal, two assist performance against the Chicago Fire on May 30th saw the Union midfielder make the MLS Team of the Week bench (Week 14). All but one of Dočkal’s goals (3) and assists (6) have come at Talen Energy Stadium.
- The Union’s 5-0 win over the Richmond Kickers in the U.S. Open Cup saw Marcus Epps score in stoppage time of the first half for his second career goal in the competition. Epps makes his first start at home since his one goal, two assist outburst on May 19th against Real Salt Lake.
- In the Union’s 3-1 victory over the Chicago Fire, Ilsinho broke open the scoring with an incredible piece of skill and well-hit shot in the 45th minute. The incredible goal was voted the AT&T MLS Goal of the Week.
- Fafa Picault’s tireless 90-minute performance against Atlanta United saw the winger score his first goal of the season in the 52nd minute. Picault makes his first start against Toronto FC at Talen Energy Stadium.
- The last time Toronto FC visited Talen Energy Stadium CJ Sapong scored the game-tying goal in the 73rd minute. Sapong’s substitute appearance catalyzed a streak of three straight scoring games to kick off his fantastic 2017 season.