Union Today: 7/17

Union Today: Accam for MLS Goal of the Week

Philadelphia Union is set to take on Orlando City SC tomorrow night in the Quarterfinals round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. To prepare for Wednesday night's showdown, we give you everything you need to know for the match and what to expect from the Lions:

Know Your Enemy

Orlando City is the team for you if you’re into streaking. The Purple Lions won six in a row before going on a nine game losing run in which they gave up 27 goals. New head coach James O’Conner was brought in from perennial USL contenders Louisville City and led the team to its first points since May 6 last Saturday, a 2-1 victory over the husk of Toronto FC.

Get to know more here.

Reasons to Watch

The Union have had incredible success in their brief history in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at Talen Energy Stadium. Philadelphia owns an all-time record of 17-3-5 in Open Cup matches played at home, while owning a goal-differential of plus 19 in those 25 matches.

More reasons are here.

Vote David Accam for MLS Goal of the Week

VOTE ACCAM FOR MLS GOAL OF THE WEEK HERE

When he scored a penalty kick against Richmond Kickers in the US Open Cup, David Accam was happy to get on the scoresheet and relieved to finally open his Philadelphia Union account. But when he scored last Wednesday night against Chicago Fire, his former club, he was ecstatic, sprinting away with his shirt off, eyes shining with joy.

It was a special moment for a player that has worked hard to find his way into the Philadelphia Union’s system after a big transfer in the offseason, and it could not have come at a more consequential time for Philly’s playoff hopes.

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