MLS Preview and Prediction: DC United vs Philadelphia Union

Competition: Major League Soccer – DC United vs. Philadelphia Union

Venue: RFK Stadium – Saturday, May 30 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)

Match Odds: DC United 11/10 Draw 23/10 Philadelphia Union 5/2

Match Preview

DC United take on Philadelphia Union at RFK Stadium on Saturday night in what is the second meeting in two weeks, with DC looking for revenge following their 1-0 defeat at PPL Park on May 17.

DC come into this one in relatively poor form with no wins in their last three matches but they still sit at the top of the Eastern Conference. A loss in the week away to Portland Timbers handed them their third defeat of the season but they are yet to lose at RFK this season and will expect to get back to winning ways in this one.

DC United had been in great form before their three-game winless run, amassing 18 points from a possible 24 in their eight previous games. A win against Philadelphia would put them in a strong position, cementing their place at the top of the Eastern for at least another week.

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Players like Chris Rolfe and Jairo Arrieta have been good so far and the team needs to look to them for guidance to get them out of this run they currently find themselves in.

Philadelphia Union come into this one having registered back-to-back wins for the first time this season. Their 2-0 win over New York Red Bulls last Sunday saw them keep a second consecutive clean sheet and they look to be in good shape.

The two wins come after a run of four straight losses in which they conceded ten goals so it’s a huge turnaround for the team that were languishing in ninth until those victories.

Heading to RFK Stadium hasn’t been an easy visit for away teams but the Union can take confidence after beating their opponents two weeks ago, with that crucial injury time winner from Zach Pfeffer giving them a possible psychological advantage.

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Another bonus is that DC have played a game already this week in Portland and Philadelphia have had more rest time before this fixture.

Team News

DC United will be without Collin Martin, Fabian Espindola, Luis Silva, Nick Deleon and also Michael Farfan through injury, plus Eddie Johnson still isn’t available for selection. Davy Arnaud is one booking away from suspension and needs to be careful.

Philadelphia Union also have their fair share of injuries with Conor Casey, Michael Lahoud, Andre Blake and Steven Vitoria all expected to miss out. Doubts remain over Raymon Gaddis, Jimmy McLaughlin and Antoine Hoppenot. Maurice Edu is expected to captain the side after returning from suspension.

Key Points

DC United last five: D/W/L/D/L

Philadelphia Union last five: L/L/L/W/W

Key Stat: DC United are undefeated in their last 15 at RFK Stadium.

Key Player: Taylor Kemp – He has three assists for DC United so far, with two of them coming at home, and will look to provide more service for a strong frontline in this one.

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Score Prediction

DC United 2-0 Philadelphia Union – DC will earn a comfortable win at home as they look to make their three-game home run count for points at the top of the Eastern. Philadelphia have been excellent in recent weeks but may come up short here.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: Vancouver Whitecaps vs Philadelphia Union

Competition: Major League Soccer – Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Philadelphia Union

Venue: BC Place – Saturday, May 9th – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)

Match Odds: Vancouver 7/10 – Draw 11/4 – Philadelphia 15/4

Match Preview

Vancouver Whitecaps host the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night in what looks like it could be a routine win for the Canadian side as they have started the season the better of the two.

The Whitecaps currently lie second in the Western Conference and had they not endured a recent drop in form, they would be top of the Supporters’ Shield standings.

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Much of their early season charge has been down to the form of star striker Octavio Rivero but his run has dried up. They will need him on top form to pick up three points here.

Vancouver Whitecaps’ 2015 MLS record: P10 – W5 – D2 – L3

Philadelphia have had a dreadful start to 2015 and it just doesn’t seem to be working for Jim Curtin’s men.

Having lost their last three, and with only one win all season, they need a drastic improvement if they want to challenge for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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It will be a tough ask for them to win here as they have the worst defensive record in MLS, having conceded 18 so far.

Philadelphia Union’s 2015 MLS record: P10 – W1 – D3 – L6

Team News

Vancouver will be without Andre Lewis and Marco Bustos who are both out. Diego Rodriguez and Steve Beitashour are both doubts but the latter is expected to start at right-back.

Philadelphia are without Andre Birch, John McCarthy, Michael Lahoud and Antoine Hoppenot for the trip to Canada. Eric Bird, Vincent Nogueira and Steven Vitoria are all doubts as well.

Key Points

Vancouver Whitecaps’ last five: D/L/W/L/D

Philadelphia Union’s last five: W/D/L/L/L

Key Stat: There has only been one away win in this fixture and that came in July 2013 when Philadelphia won 1-0 in Vancouver.

Key Player: Octavio Rivero – Designated Player Rivero has made a sensational start to life in MLS and could prove the difference once again as he looks to find his goalscoring form once again.

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Score Prediction

Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 Philadelphia Union – The Whitecaps to ease to victory against a Union side struggling for form and results. Vancouver haven’t been great in recent weeks but should be far too strong for their opponents this week.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Real Salt Lake vs Philadelphia Union

Competition: Major League Soccer – Real Salt Lake vs. Philadelphia Union

Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium – Saturday, March 14 – 21:30 ET (01:30 GMT – Sunday 15) 

Match Odds: Real Salt Lake 17/20 – Draw 5/2 – Philadelphia Union 3/1

Match Preview

Real Salt Lake entertain Philadelphia Union in their first home game of the 2015 MLS season on Saturday night with both sides still looking for their first goal of the new campaign.

Both had to settle for 0-0 draws on the opening weekend in two of the less entertaining games in a round of fixtures where many games could be described as tentative.

Real Salt Lake’s goalless draw came away at the Portland Timbers, while Philadelphia Union’s 0-0 home draw was against the Colorado Rapids in a game they would have expected to win, especially as the Rapids went down to ten men.

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RSL and Philadelphia have drawn in each of their last three meetings, with the past two games ending 2-2, including last season’s meeting, so although there have been goals neither side has been able to kill the game off.

The Union have never beaten Real Salt Lake in MLS in their seven previous meetings and are underdogs going into this one.

Although we’re only one game into the new season, every club knows every result is going to count in their push for the playoffs and this is a game Real Salt Lake will expect to win, but they will know the Union can still be a threat and that sets the game up nicely.

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Alvaro Saborio and Liam Ridgewell battle in Portland Timbers’ 0-0 draw with Real Salt Lake (Photo: MLSSoccer.com)

Real Salt Lake are unbeaten at Rio Tinto Stadium in their last 11 MLS games, and despite going out in the playoffs 5-0 to LA Galaxy, they drew the home leg of that tie 0-0.

Philadelphia Union have only won one of their last seven away fixtures and based on that form, RSL look to be in a much better position heading into this game.

Team News

Real Salt Lake look like they are set to be without the same five players who missed out in the opening draw to Portland. Joao Plata (metatarsal), John Stertzer (toe), Justen Glad (knee), Demar Phillips (hamstring) and Pecka (hip) are all expected to miss the game.

Philadelphia Union will still be without Andre Blake (knee) and midfielder Danny Cruz (hamstring), who both sat out of last Saturday’s draw with Colorado.

Key Points

Real Salt Lake’s form: D

Philadelphia Union’s form: D

Key Stat: Draws – There has been only one win (Real Salt Lake 2-1 Philadelphia – September 2011) between these two sides in their last six MLS meetings.

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Key Player: Javier Morales – The playmaker will be the key to unlocking the Philadelphia defence and his performance will be even more important to Real Salt Lake as they are missing some big names.

Score Prediction

Real Salt Lake 2-1 Philadelphia Union – RSL need to get three points and that important first win out the way to ensure they don’t slip into a winless run. Given the recent results between the sides we can expect this to be another tightly fought tie but home advantage should help Real Salt Lake to victory.