Reasons to Watch: Saturday night's matchup vs. Vancouver

Philadelphia Union return to MLS action this Saturday when they host Vancouver Whitecaps at Talen Energy Stadium. As we prepare for Saturday’s kick-off which is scheduled for 5 p.m. we give you three reasons to watch this inter-conference clash.

Return of the Captain

The Captain of your Philadelphia Union Alejandro Bedoya will be eligible to compete in MLS competition this weekend. The United States Men’s National Team midfielder was issued a one match suspension by the league for receiving a red card in the June 2 match against Atlanta United. Bedoya has been a catalyst for Philadelphia in 2018. The Union have not lost a match since May 9 when Bedoya plays the full 90 minutes of a match, owning a record of 3-0-1 in that stretch. Bedoya was crucial in the club’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup win last week against New York Red Bulls as he became one of five players in team history to record multiple assists in a U.S. Open Cup match, joining Sébastien Le Toux (2013, 2014), Cristian Maidana (2015), Ilsinho (2016) and Jay Simpson (2017).

Andre the Giant 

MLS All-Star Andre Blake continues to dazzle in net for Philadelphia, particularly at Talen Energy Stadium. The Jamaican international has posted stellar numbers at home in his career and has stayed true to that home form in 2018. This season, Blake owns a 4-2-2 record with a goals-against average of just 1.13. Blake is on pace to set a new career low for goals-against average in a season at Talen Energy Stadium. Philadelphia’s goalkeeper will get the start in net against Vancouver on Saturday. The last time Blake saw the Whitecaps was on March 5, 2017 where he earned a road shutout.

Bringing the Energy at Talen 

Philadelphia has made it their club emphasis to dominate at home and the numbers have backed them up. In their last 21 home matches, the Union own a record of 14-4-3, a stretch that dates back to May 6, 2017. In that run, the Union are averaging more than two goals a home match and have only been kept off the scoresheet four times.

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