Philadelphia Union vs. Sporting Kansas City | 2016 MLS Match Preview
PHILADELPHIA UNION vs. SPORTING KANSAS CITY
Talen Energy Stadium | Chester, Pennsylvania
Saturday, August 27 | Week #25 | MLS Game #257
7:00 pm ET (MLS LIVE)
It's an interconference meeting of teams firmly in the middle of the chase for places in the MLS Cup Playoffs as Philadelphia Union play host to Sporting Kansas City on Saturday evening at Talen Energy Stadium. Union return home off of a second consecutive road win, moving into a tie for third place in the Eastern Conference following their 2-1 win at Columbus Crew SC at midweek. Sporting hit the road off of a sixth consecutive home win last weekend, their 2-0 win against Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Childrenís Mercy Park leaving them in fifth place in the Western Conference, six points above the red line.
- Sporting won their sixth consecutive home match – their longest since a club-record seven-game home winning streak during the 2000 season, and matching the longest in MLS this season – with their 2-0 win against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday evening at Children’s Mercy Park. Benny Feilhaber scored a goal and added an assist; he has a goal and three assists over his last four matches.
- The teams met once a year ago, Sporting taking a 3-2 win April 5 in Kansas City. It was Sporting’s second consecutive home win in the series; the Union had taken points on their previous two trips to face SKC.
- The Union won the last meeting between the teams in Chester, a 2-1 win Oct. 18, 2014, ending a two-game Sporting KC winning streak there. The two clubs also squared off in the 2015 US Open Cup final at Talen Energy Stadium with SKC winning the title on penalties.
REFEREE: Juan Guzman.
MLS Career: 74 games; FC/gm: 25.4; Y/gm: 3.6; R: 21; pens: 16
AR1 (bench): C.J. Morgante; AR2 (opposite): Jason White; 4th: Mark Kadlecik
SUSPENDED: KC: Kevin Ellis (through Aug. 28)
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: PHI: Raymon Gaddis...KC: Matt Besler
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: PHI: Brian Carroll, Ken Tribbett, Tranquillo Barnetta...KC: Dom Dwyer, Lawrence Olum, Jimmy Medranda
DISABLED LIST: none
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
ALL-TIME (13 meetings): Union 4 wins, 17 goals...Sporting 5 wins, 17 goals...Ties 4
AT UNION (6 meetings): Union 2 wins, 9 goals...Sporting 2 wins, 7 goals...Ties 2