Philadelphia Union Win Their Leagues Cup Group To Secure Home Field
It may not count towards the MLS standings, but the Philadelphia Union are making some noise at the Leagues Cup. Last night’s 5-1 win over Querétaro crowned them as the winners of their group. East 1. Meaning not only do they advance to the field of 32, but they will have homefield advantage when they get there.
And having home field is a big deal for the Union. Over the past few seasons, Subaru Park has become one of the best home fields in all of North American Soccer. All season in MLS play they lost just 1 game at home. And that lone loss came way back in March. Otherwise, they have 8 wins at home and two draws. And that does not include their two wins at Subaru Park in the Leagues Cup.
“We’ve been defending the home field really well. We’re a strong team here, as our record will show over the last, you know, 40-50 games or whatever it might be,” Jim Curtin said.
They have Daniel Gazdag to thank for securing that advantage. He netted a hat trick, including two goals off Penalty kicks, in Wednesday’s win. It gives him 4 total goals, which puts him ahead of Lionel Messi for the most goals in the Leagues Cup.
Next up for them is whoever finishes 2nd place in East 2. That could be DC United, Montreal CF, or Pumas UNAM. The only game left to be played in that group DC United vs Pumas. All DC needs is a draw to win the group. A draw would also guarantee Pumas to come in second place. But if Pumas lose by more than 1 goal, Montreal would advance with goal difference serving as the tiebreaker. That game takes place Saturday at 9 pm.
Whoever it is that they face, the Union’s Leagues Cup journey next Thursday, August 3rd, at a time to be determined.
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