Union Eastern Conference Final preview: “so you’re saying there’s a chance?”
The Philadelphia Union take on NYCFC in the Eastern Conference final of the MLS Playoffs. This is arguably the biggest game in club history, and we have no idea who will even be able to play. Earlier this week, the Union had eleven (yes eleven) players enter the health and safety protocols. It could be a very long day if the Union gets hardly any players back from protocols, especially Andre Blake.
The one positive out of the negative news is that this game will be played at home. The Union are 13-3-3 at home and 8-2-1 at home against playoff teams. The game is sold out, and you better believe that the fans will be loud for this one. Jim Curtin sent a message out to the Union fans that they will still play their heart out no matter who they have.
NYFC are a very talented team, and they as well are in their first ever Eastern Conference Final. One play the Union won’t have to worry about is Taty Castellanos. Castellanos is out for this match due to picking up a second yellow in the tournament last game against the Revolution. He is the MLS golden boot winner and an MVP candidate.
In the end we all know that on paper NYCFC are the more talented team, but never count out the fight of the Philadelphia Union. I still expect this to be a competitive game but the Union will definitely miss Andre Blake if he can’t play. Unless you’re a complete degenerate like myself, I would encourage not to bet on this game. Here’s a look at the current odds from our good friends over at Parx Casino.
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Make sure you’re down at Subaru Park early tomorrow. Our friends at The Gambler have a pregame show happening in the fan plaza. The event kicks off at 1:30, then we move into the game and have a postgame immediately following the match.
Mandatory Credit: Philadelphia Union