Philadelphia Union return to MLS action this Saturday when they travel to the West Coast to take on LAFC for the first time in club history. As the weekend approaches, we give you three reasons to watch this inter-conference clash.
First Time For Everything
The Union will travel to California to take on Los Angeles Football Club for the first in franchise history. This will be the first and only matchup between these two clubs in 2018 and Saturday will mark the only time the Union will play a regular-season MLS match in California. Philadelphia has had success playing MLS expansion teams in their first season. The Union have played seven clubs expansion clubs in their history and own a record of 3-1-3 in those matches. Philadelphia will look to keep the success against the newest franchise in MLS on Saturday.
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Player of the Week? Czech
Philadelphia Union midfielder Borek Dockal had a sensational performance in the club’s last match against Vancouver Whitecaps, earning MLS Player of the Week honors. The midfielder led the way as Philadelphia defeated Vancouver 4-0 at Talen Energy Stadium, scoring two goals snapping Vancouver’s six-game unbeaten streak. Dockal picked up the Audi Player Index performance of the Week, earning 1,446 points, best in MLS. Dockal scored on 66 percent of his shots on target, won 100 percent of his take-ons, and had five key passes on the day. Dockal is now the club leader in goals and assists and has recorded five goals and five assists in his last 10 matches.
Return of the Mack
An under the radar performance this past week came from a member of the Philly Five. Homegrown talent Mark McKenzie was named to MLS Team of the Week alongside Union teammate Borek Dockal for his performance in the club’s thrashing of Vancouver Whitecaps. The 19-year old Homegrown assisted in the club’s fifth shutout of the season, keeping the Whitecaps off the scoreboard and shutting down the Vancouver attack. Overall on the day McKenzie logged 90 minutes while recording 67 touches, a passing accuracy percentage of 96.6 with a pair of clearances on the defensive side. McKenzie will look to keep that strong defensive form this Saturday against an impressive LAFC attack.