The Union welcome Swansea City AFC to Talen Energy Stadium for an international friendly, which also happens to be the Union's Game of Thrones Night. Here are just a few reasons why you should come on out to Talen Energy Stadium and watch these two teams play.
Facing Swansea gives the Union another opportunity to experiment with lineup choices and potentially play guys in different positions. An added bonus of the international friendly is that there is unlimited substitutions for both teams. For Head Coach Jim Curtin, that means fans will see a lot of different faces on the pitch. Curtin said in his weekly press conference that he will use the game to reward players in Steel who deserve some first team minutes, while keeping first team players fresh before facing off against Montreal. With such an ample opportunity for lineup rotation, it will be a unique game for Union fans to take in.
One Year Later
Last season's international friendly saw Derrick Jones make his Union debut, and look how far he has come since then. Jones became the first player to make a start for the Union Academy, Bethlehem Steel and Philadelphia Union. He cracked the starting XI for the season opener, has made 11 appearances for the Union in MLS play, and was a vital part of the U-20 US Men's National Team's run to the quarterfinals in the U-20 World Cup. Now, Jones will play in the MLS Homegrown Game during the All-Star Game festivities. For Union fans, Saturday's match is a great chance to look at the growth of Derrick Jones and the rest of the young players on the roster.
United Kingdom comes Stateside
It's no secret that the English Premier League is popular in the United States, and this is a rare chance to see an EPL team play in person. Swansea represents the fifth consecutive EPL team to play the Union in its international friendly, but it's the first time the Union will face Swansea in the match. It's a chance to see how the Union stacks up against one of the top leagues in the world, and those kinds of opportunities only come about once a year.