The Philadelphia Union will face Toronto FC in their final match before the start of the MLS regular season today.
Philadelphia fell in all three meetings with Toronto FC in 2015. Turning the tide against their Canadian foe would provide some much needed momentum going into the 2016 regular season.
Union Manager Jim Curtain will probably give his projected starters a good deal of playing time. Competing against the combination of Bradley and Giovinco could supply some confidence to the club. Altadore will be out with a hamstring injury (shocker).
As a club Philadelphia have shown some real fortitude in the last two years.
The Union have been runners up in the last two U.S. Open Cups. In 2014 they advanced to the final after beating FC Dallas in penalties. Then they pushed The Sounders into extra time before losing the final in heartbreaking fashion.
In 2015 they bounced back and made it to the cup finals again and lost in penalties to Sporting Kansas City. You have to respect this club for fighting back after tough losses.
But you know what I like more? An MLS team whose all time goal scorer is Frenchman, Sebastien Le Toux. I am all about the Americanization of the game and i’m certainly not a europhile but calling that name in a broadcast gives the experience a certain “je ne sais quoi” no?
What’s even better is that he has never been capped by France at any level of international play and he has stated his willingness to play for USMNT as an American. This guy is a regular Marquis de Lafayette. What a perfect fit for a team and city deeply rooted in the American Revolution!
The Philadelphia Union are officially my team to watch in 2016.
Watch them take on Toronto FC live tomorrow at 4pm on Philadelphiaunion.com/live