UNION FACT CHECK: Union records set ahead of double game week

Philadelphia Union return to action this week for two contests, completing a run of three matches in the span of nine days.

  • The club will travel to Georgia to take on Atlanta United at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Wednesday. In their first meeting all-time, Atlanta escaped Chester with a point after playing a man up for the majority of the second half.
  • The Union will return home for a nationally televised contest on Sunday afternoon against the defending MLS Champion Seattle Sounders FC.
  • Philadelphia is coming off a dominant 3-1 victory over Chicago Fire over the weekend at Talen Energy Stadium.
  • With the win, the Union have tied a franchise record for home wins in a season with eight (the club also accomplished this feat last season).
  • Philadelphia will have two more opportunities to break the record, with matches against Seattle on Oct. 1 and Orlando City on Oct. 22.
  • The Union have scored 28 goals at Talen Energy Stadium this season, three goals shy of breaking the franchise record of goals scored at home in a season.
  • Philadelphia enters the week with a record of 9-12-9 and 36 points. The club is just two wins shy of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and has recorded a result in six of their last eight matches.
  • CJ Sapong recorded his 14th goal of the season in the victory over Chicago, tying a club record for most goals scored in a season. Sapong has four more matches to break Sebastien Le Toux’s 2010 record
  • Sapong’s 14 goals are a career high, doubling his total from last season.
  • Chris Pontius recorded his first goals of the season on Saturday night. For Pontius, this was his first brace since March 12, 2016 when he found the back of the net twice against Columbus Crew SC.
  • Warren Creavalle, Keegan Rosenberry and Fabinho recorded their first assists of the season on Saturday night.
  • Matthew Doyle of MLS broke-down Alejandro Bedoya’s excellent buildup play in Philadelphia’s win. You can see his analysis HERE.
  • 2016 MLS Goalkeeper Andre Blake allowed just one goal on Saturday night. Blake has not allowed more than one goal in a match in over a calendar month.
  • This season, Blake owns a goals-against average of 1.23, shattering his previous personal best of 1.56, when he was named the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year (2016).

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