Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United | MLS Match Preview
PHILADELPHIA UNION vs. D.C. UNITED
TALEN ENERGY STADIUM, Chester, Pa.
MAY 20, 2016 (WEEK 12, MLS GAME #113)
7 pm ET (UniMas, MLS LIVE)
Union recorded a third consecutive draw as C.J. Sapong scored his fifth goal of the season, netting the equalizer in a 1-1 result at the Montréal Impact on Saturday afternoon.
United snapped a two-game winless skid as Alvaro Saborío scored his fourth goal over the last six games, and Patrick Nyarko scored for the second time in the last three, in a 2-0 win against the New York Red Bulls last Friday at RFK Stadium.
United won the final two league meetings between the teams last season, both coming at RFK Stadium, a 2-1 win on May 30 and a 3-2 victory July 26. United have won the last three home regular season meetings between the teams; Union’s last victory in Washington came April 21, 2013.
Union won the only meeting between the teams last year in Chester, 1-0 on May 10, snapping a three-game winless streak overall in league play in the series.
The teams also met in the U.S. Open Cup last year, with a 10-man Union scoring a pair of second-half goals for a 2-1 win in a fifth-round match in Chester. The teams have met four of the last five years in the Open Cup, each winning twice.
REFEREE: Jaime Herrera. AR1 (bench): Adam Garner; AR2 (opposite): Claudio Badea; 4th: Juan Guzman
MLS Career: 1 game; FC/gm: 28.0; Y/gm: 2.0; R: 1; pens: 0
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: DC: Sean Franklin
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: DC: Luciano Acosta, Steve Birnbaum, Marcelo Sarvas
DISABLED LIST: DC: Bill Hamid
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
ALL-TIME (15 meetings): Union 5 wins, 19 goals -- United 7 wins, 21 goals -- Ties 3
AT UNION (7 meetings): Union 4 wins, 9 goals -- United 3 wins, 7 goals -- Ties 0
RETURN MATCHES: 7/9: Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United, 7 p.m. ET; 8/6: D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union, 7 p.m. ET
LAST YEAR (MLS):
5/17: PHI 1, DC 0 (Pfeffer 93+)
5/30: DC 2, PHI 1 (Pontius 46+; Rolfe 85 - Le Toux 5)
7/26: DC 3, PHI 2 (Saborio 37; DeLeon 66; Espindola 79 - Sapong 1; Le Toux 4)
- Coaches record: Jim Curtin vs. DC: P4 W1 L3 D0 -- Ben Olsen vs. PHI: P14 W7 L4 D3