It took winning in penalties, but the Philadelphia Union have survived to last another round in the Leagues Cup. It was not pretty. They had to overcome 3 yellow cards, 2 offsides calls, and getting outshot. But thanks to some strong goaltending by Andre Balke, and some clutch shooting in penalties, the Union are moving to the round of 16. There they will face the New York Red Bulls, who beat NYFC last night 1-0.
The best news for them? They get to host yet another game. Anyone who has followed the Union for the past few years knows that can make all the difference. Over the past 4 seasons in MLS play, they have lost just 4 games at Subaru Park, not counting the playoffs. They are undefeated thus far in the Leagues Cup at home too. There are home-field advantages, and then there is what the Union have when they play in Chester. Compile that with the Red Bulls’ struggles all season long when they play outside the confines of Red Bulls Arena, and it’s a match made for success for the Philadelphia Union.
Thus far, The Red Bulls have gotten to play all 3 Leagues Cup games at home. But now they have to travel for the first time. And the Red Bulls have won just 1 game on the road in MLS play all season long.
That game will be played on Monday Night. And if they do get past the Red Bulls, they would await the winner of Queretaro vs New England Revolution. If you are rooting for another home game, Quertaro would be the more ideal opponent. Any game between two MLS teams will be hosted by whichever team has teh better regular season record, and the Revolution currently have 3 more points in the standings than the Union does.
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