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Philadelphia Union's 2019 MLS season kicks off on March 2 at 1 p.m. ET at Talen Energy Stadium when Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, and Toronto FC shuffle south of the Canadian border. 

The match pits two sides that are coming off far different seasons: Toronto was expected to compete at the top of the Eastern Conference, but after a missed Bradley penalty saw the Reds fall to Chivas Guadalajara in the CONCACAF Champions League final, the 2017 MLS Cup champs fell apart. 

Meanwhile, the Union exceeded expectations. Cory Burke emerged as a consistent scorer, Borek Dockal led the league in assists, and a dynamic homegrown duo stepped forward in the center of defense. 

This offseason, the Union have added playmaker Marco Fabián and striker Sergio Santos, along with a number of promising young talents to fill out the roster. Toronto lost key pieces Giovinco and Victor Vazquez and are relying heavily on Jozy Altidore to return to top form following an extended injury layoff that saw him finish with less than 1000 league minutes last season. 

With big changes on both teams, this opening match will be a huge moment for the clubs to announce their intentions for 2019. TFC will have the advantage of playing in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League to prepare for the Union, but after losing their opening match on the road 4-0 to Independiente, they may rest players for the return leg the week before the MLS regular season begins. 


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