Philadelphia Union are in Texas for a midweek matchup against Houston Dynamo tonight, will kick off set for 9 p.m. ET on philadelphiaunion.com and the Live Well Network. Below is the starting lineup and notes:
Starting XI: Andre Blake; Ray Gaddis, Auston Trusty, Mark McKenzie, Keegan Rosenberry; Haris Medunjanin, Alejandro Bedoya; Fafa Picault, Borek Dockal, David Accam; Cory Burke
Bench: John McCarthy; Jack Elliott, Fabinho, Warren Creavalle, Marcus Epps, Fabian Herbers, CJ Sapong
- Andre Blake’s first career MLS start came against Houston Dynamo on Aug. 16, 2014 at BBVA Compass Stadium. In 2017, Blake added another accolade against the Dynamo when he recorded his fourth consecutive shutout vs. Houston on May 17. It was the first time that any Union goalkeeper has ever recorded four straight shutouts.
- Ray Gaddis will make his 152nd career MLS start for Philadelphia Union. Gaddis is now just four starts away from Brian Carroll for most MLS regular-season starts by a Union player in franchise history.
- Homegrown product Auston Trusty is the youngest player in MLS to play at least 1800 minutes in the 2018 season. Trusty averages 2.6 aerial duels won per game, which ranks first among all Union defenders.
- Union defender Mark McKenzie will make his first career start against the Houston Dynamo tonight. McKenzie surpassed the 1,000 minute played mark last week in the club’s match against Los Angeles Galaxy.
- Keegan Rosenberry is one goal and one assist shy of tying MLS career-highs in both categories. Last season against Houston, Rosenberry came off the bench to help secure a 2-0 shutout victory for Philadelphia.
- Entering tonight’s match with the Dynamo, Haris Medunjanin averages 67.8 passes per game, good for sixth in all of MLS. The Bosnian midfielder started and played the full 90 minutes in last season’s 2-0 victory over Houston on May 17, 2017.
- Alejandro Bedoya’s strong midfield play sees him ranked fourth in passing accuracy in MLS at 90.8%. The Union captain is one assist shy of setting a new personal best in MLS for assists recorded in a season.
- Fafa Picault scored the opening goal in the 17th minute against the Houston Dynamo in last season’s 2-0 victory. Picault’s header capped the third win of a four game winning-streak for the Union last season.
- Saturday’s match saw Borek Dočkal register his seventh assist of the season. Dočkal leads the Union in goals (5), assists, (7), key passes per game (2.7), and crosses per game (1.3).
- The last road match MLS match David Accam appeared in for Philadelphia Union, he scored the stoppage time winner versus the Chicago Fire in a thrilling 4-3 victory on July 11 at Toyota Park.
- Jamaican international Cory Burke’s last start versus the Chicago Fire saw his most productive start in an MLS match. Burke set career highs in shots (6), shots on goal (3), and goals (2) on July 11. Burke will look to continue his streak of scoring in every MLS start.