Coming out to Talen Energy Stadium tomorrow to watch the Union take on Vancouver Whitecaps FC? Make sure to check out our gameday guide for all the happenings around the match here.
The Union are ready to host Vancouver in this inter-conference clash tomorrow night, with kick off set for 5 p.m. ET on PHL17. Watch below:
A Union Between Club and Player
2-0. Seattle Sounders had just pummeled the nascent Philadelphia Union franchise. The only thing of note on the visitors’ stat sheet was a first half red card to rookie Toni Stahl.
A skinny Frenchman, moving with the mechanical, caffeinated running motion of a robot in beta testing with extra batteries installed, created Philly’s best chance of the match: Spinning to create space in the box before losing his footing and tumbling, a living metaphor for the Union’s performance, to the artificial turf.
Ninety minutes into their existence and Philadelphia’s new Major League Soccer franchise had exactly zero names on its list of all-time leading goalscorers. Their first home match -- in front of over 30,000 fans at Lincoln Financial Field against storied DC United -- loomed on the horizon. Yet it was beginning to look like the hallmarks of a good team were in desperately short supply: “The two preseason deficiencies, discipline and goal scoring, continue to be problem areas,” local writer Ryan Pine worried. “Here’s hoping on April 10th, against I-95 rivals D.C. United, we begin and end with the same amount of players.”