Major League Soccer released its official 2018 schedule today for all clubs, and of course, that means there's plenty of must-see matchups for Philadelphia Union fans. The rivalries are back, and below are the top five home matches fans won't want to miss out on this season.
March 3 vs. New England Revolution:
The Union will begin its first match of the 2018 season at home against New England Revolution on March 3. The Boys in Blue are unbeaten in their last four home openers at Talen Energy Stadium (2-0-2), registering a 4-2-2 record overall in their all-time home-opening matches. Philadelphia is also 6-3-2 overall at home against the Revs and will battle their way to victory again. The last time the two clubs met at Talen Energy Stadium in 2017, the Union fought for a hard-earned 3-0 shutout win.
April 13 vs. Orlando City SC:
Orlando City SC recently announced the team re-signed forward Dom Dwyer. Dwyer joined Orlando last season on July 25, where he recorded four goals and four assists in his 12 appearances for the club. The Lions also added New York Red Bulls midfielder and captain Sacha Kljestan to the roster in exchange for forward Carlos Rivas and defender Tommy Redding. Kljestan, a three-year veteran of the Red Bulls, registered 16 goals and 51 assists in his 97 regular season matches for the team. Dwyer and Kljestan have also been two prominent U.S. Men's National Team members and will be a must-see matchup as they travel to Philadelphia to face off against the Union.
April 28 vs. D.C. United:
Come late April, fans can experience a classic Eastern Conference rivalry matchup when the Union goes head to head with D.C. United. The Union holds a 9-8-4 overall record against D.C., and will be looking to add another win in the books. Last season, the Union had a memorable match against United at RFK Stadium with a 4-0 shutout and was the second-most goals scored in a game by the Union in 2017.
June 8 vs. Toronto FC:
The Boys in Blue will take on the reigning 2017 MLS Cup Champions in early June at Talen Energy Stadium. Toronto FC had a successful 2017 season to say the least, but this year the Union are battling for victory on their home turf in the clubs' second match against each other of the season. The Union are 6-7-6 overall against Toronto and will be going head to head to add to that winning record.
Oct. 21 vs. New York Red Bulls:
The Union will host the New York Red Bulls in the team's final home match of the 2018 regular season, and a game fans will certainly want to be present for. The games are always physical, with a few cards handed out between the two. In the final 2017 matchup against one another at Red Bull Arena, Andre Blake had a spectacular game. Blake rejected every shot the Red Bulls fired at him. Despite walking away with a scoreless draw, the rivalry matchup is always exciting to watch. The Boys in Blue are currently 6-12-4 overall against the Red Bulls and will be looking for another win to add to their sheet.