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Philadelphia Union vs. Orlando City SC | 2018 MLS Match Preview

April 13, 2018


After starting their season with a 2-0 win in their first game against New England Revolution, the Union are winless in their last 3 games and that form should worry their fans as they host Orlando City who have gotten on-form and would come here full of confidence following back-to-back home wins.

Many would think that it hasn’t been so bad for the Unions, but it hasn’t been so good either as they are currently on a run of one win, two draws and a loss from their opening four games of the season. Jim Curtin made just a single change from the team that lost 3-0 to Colorado in their last game, with the previously suspended Fafa Picault making his first start of the 2018 season. Alejandro Bedoya however, was their savior as he struck an equalizer to help them stretch their unbeaten run against the San Jose Earthquakes in that game. The goalscorer urged his team to commit more men forward after that game and it would be interesting to see if they would heed his advice in this game and if it would pay off.

Orlando City for the second time in consecutive home games roared from the dead to victory. They did it against the New York Red Bulls to win 4-3, then did the same against Portland Timbers to win 3-2 after falling 2-0 down. This resilient spirit would be of immense help to them this season. Josue Colman and Jonathan Spector were the two new additions to their line up in the last game. Chris Mueller opened the scoring in that comeback win and that may be a sign of good things to come from him, Dom Dwyer netted the winner to make it 3 goals from 2 games for him already this season.

Philadelphia have won three and lost two of their meetings with Orlando City, and the Union won the Lions 6-1 in their last meeting. 

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